The Nepali Army has been entrusted with the crucial responsibility of overseeing the security detail for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his upcoming visit to Nepal. The government has assigned command responsibility to the Nepali Army, ensuring top-notch security measures for the Secretary-General’s visit, with close coordination between the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Originally planned for October 13 to 15, Secretary-General Guterres’ visit to Nepal was rescheduled due to the Hamas attack on Israel that occurred on October 7. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal extended the invitation to the UN Secretary-General, and the visit is now set to commence on October 29.
During his four-day visit, Antonio Guterres is expected to address a joint session of the Federal Parliament on October 31. This visit holds great significance in enhancing Nepal’s ties with the United Nations and fostering cooperation on various global issues.
Antonio Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal who served from 1995 to 2000, is currently in his second term as the United Nations Secretary-General, having assumed the role in 2016. Nepal has a history of hosting UN Secretaries-General, including Dr. Kurt Waldheim and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar during the 1970s and 80s, and Ban Ki-moon in 2008. The upcoming visit reaffirms Nepal’s commitment to international diplomacy and cooperation.
The Nepali Army’s role in providing security for this high-profile visit underscores the country’s dedication to ensuring a safe and successful trip for the UN Secretary-General.