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Here is a titanic change in foreign policy; Gurkha recruitment in foreign armies stopped

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Nepal has put an end to Nepalese enlisting in foreign armies following a historic cabinet decision.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and other ministries have been told to enforce the decision.

Separate letters to various ministries have been sent out to ministries on March 9 directing them to initiate procedures for implementing recommendations of the report.

The change has been attributed to change Nepal’s foreign policy, saying it was endorsed by a House panel.

The report approved by the Parliamentary Committee on International Relations and Human Rights on December 26, 2011, was later presented in the Legislature Parliament.

The report has drawn sharp criticism from Ex-Gurkha organisations which have warned to launch protests if Gurkha Recruitment Centres are shut down in Nepal, the Republica reported.

Nepalese Gurkhas are mainly serving in Indian Army and British Army.

The parliamentary report argues that although the Gurkha recruitment gave the Nepali youths limited employment opportunity, serving with foreign military had not allowed the country to hold its head high, government said.

Published Date: Monday, March 19th, 2012 | 03:20 AM

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