Nepal’s new ambassador to India, Nilamber Acharya, has been administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Bidhya Bhandari on Sunday. He is set to take office in New Delhi soon, and expected to better the souring diplomatic relationship between Nepal and India.
Ambassador Acharya is also the first foreign envoy to be sworn in by the President – in the past foreign diplomatic positions were sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nepal. Interestingly, the new provision was made on Sunday itself, just before the administration of Acharya’s oath.
Acharya, a constitutional expert and a member of the Nepal-India Eminent Persons Group has previously served as the ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1996 to 2000. He faces a monumental task ahead as diplomatic ties between the two nations have been negatively affected since 2015 – when Nepal promulgated its constitution despite ‘concerns’ by the Indian counterparts, and India’s subsequent decision to ‘unofficially’ seal the southern border.