Kathmandu, 15 Dec 2014: Acting Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shanker Bairagi on Monday summoned Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Kathmandu Guy Harrison to convey the concern of the Government of Nepal to the Embassy over an article by Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Nepal Andrew James Sparkes.
The article entitled ‘Letter to sabhasad-jyus’ was published in an English daily on 10 December 2014.
On the occasion, Acting Foreign Secretary Bairagi drew the attention of the Embassy to the sensitiveness of the matter in the current context of constitution making process and cautioned that such ‘uncalled-for’ remarks might have negative impact on harmony and tolerance prevailing in the Nepalese society.
He also advised the Embassy to refrain from making such remarks in future.
Meanwhile issuing a statement here today, the British Embassy in Nepal has said that it has enormous respect for the beliefs and cultures of Nepalâ€™s many and diverse peoples and that it regrets any misunderstanding that the comment may inadvertently have caused.
“It is for the members of the Constituent Assembly and Nepalâ€™s citizens to decide what kind of Constitution Nepal should have”, reads the statement while adding that the letter was â€œa message of supportâ€ from a long-standing friend at this critical time.