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26 Nepalis migrants detained in Costa Rica

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KATHMANDU —  Some 26 Nepali natives, apparently heading towards the United States of America with the help of “human traffickers” were detained from Central Pacific town of Jacó in Costa Rica.

According to The Tico Times, the Costa Rican authorities held 51 undocumented migrants including 26 from Nepal, 9 from Bangladesh, 4 from Eritrea, 9 from Somalia, 2 from Iraq and 1 from Pakistan on Wednesday when they were being transported on a truck.

A Costa Rican man was driving the vehicle accompanied by three different Ticos. They were also arrested.

The undocumented migrants were taken to a regional office of the Immigration Administration while the four Ticos were introduced before the Prosecutor’s Office on charges of human trafficking, Garabito police boss Oswaldo Rodríguez said.

If convicted, the men could serve sentences ranging from two to six years in prison under Article 249 of the Immigration Law.

Earlier, Guatemalan police had arrested 20 migrants including 11 Nepalis and 33 migrants including 11 Nepalis in August and December respectively for illegally entering the country apparently on their way to the United States of America.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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