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MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA

We hardly see you and the prime minister meeting. But we see him meeting foreign diplomats all the time.
I know of no other country where foreign ambassadors can meet the prime minister so easily. I don't know if this is because we are a small country. This is very surprising. The prime minister should first try to solve our country's internal problems through our own efforts and then he should sound that decision off foreign ambassadors. He should be conveying our decisions to them instead of taking their advice.

Are you implying that the prime minister's decisions are influenced by some foreign diplomats?
That's true to some extent because nowhere else do foreign ambassadors have such easy access to the prime minister. I ask for an appointment with the prime minister from time to time, that is how it works. But it's difficult to get an appointment, whereas ambassadors are meeting him all the time.

So how do you coordinate foreign policy issues with the prime minister?
I have repeatedly said to the PM that all foreign affairs related issues will be dealt by the foreign ministry and not by his foreign and foreign affairs advisers. Those advisers are not the foreign ministry.

What was his response?
He always says he will think about it. But old habits die hard you know.


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