Over two months after creating the new administration, Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba named Narayan Khadka as foreign minister on Wednesday.
Khadka has been nominated foreign minister and will lead the country’s mission to the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, according to Deuba’s secretariat (UNGA).
“He will be taking oath to the office at 1 PM to be held at Office of the President,” Prime Minister Deuba’s personal secretary Bhanu Deuba confirmed ANI over the phone.
Despite the addition of a new minister, 16 ministries remain without leadership.
Following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the decision to designate Khadka as Foreign Minister was made.
After the oath-taking ceremony, the PM secretariat stated that Khadka will travel to Singha Durbar later in the day to assume command of the office before departing for the United States in the evening.
Khadka, the newly appointed minister, is slated to fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session.
After consultation with the ruling coalition parties, Prime Minister Deuba named Dr Khadka as Foreign Minister.
Deuba has sought to reach an agreement with the coalition parties, stating that the Nepali Congress would keep the cabinet. Despite the fact that other alliance parties have claimed the ministry, the alliance leaders have agreed to grant it to the NC.
In July, Sher Bahadur Deuba was re-elected Prime Minister of Nepal for the sixth time, a day after the Supreme Court reinstalled the House of Representatives and validated his claim to be the country’s new leader.