Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has emphasized the need to develop a sense of responsibility and unity among citizens for national security.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of the National Security Training organized by Nepal Army on Tuesday, he said that the traditional concept of national security solely relying on military power has now become broader. “It is equally important to address sovereignty, national integrity, as well as the social, economic, cultural, environmental, and humanitarian aspects when it comes to national security,” said Dahal.
The prime minister emphasized that national security is crucial and sensitive, especially in the present context of Nepal. “The national security of every nation is directly affected by incidents occurring in the global context. This fact is even more significant for nations like Nepal,” he added.
Prime Minister Dahal said Nepal’s political situation, increased military power of powerful nations in international and regional forums, competition and influence, climate change, and internal political complexities are security challenges for the country.
“Global economic recession and its impact, extremist and separatist ideologies that threaten national unity and security, scarcity of skilled human resources, open borders, and potential cross-border offenses continue to be our challenges.”
According to Dahal, national security requires a gradual development and adaptation to changing circumstances, including the emergence of powerful countries on the international and regional stage, the rapid and complex development of information technology, and the evolving political, social, cultural, and economic sectors within the country.
To develop a comprehensive national security system, the prime minister emphasized the importance of maintaining mutual harmony, tolerance, and solidarity among diverse caste, language, culture, and community within the country, while also protecting sovereignty, freedom, territorial integrity, and national unity.
Dahal also stated that the National Security Policy, 2075 BS, has been implemented with the aim of strengthening the security bodies and promoting their competency, professionalism, and efficiency. He further stressed the need to timely assess challenges related to international and external security and to formulate and implement necessary policies such as defense policy, international security and public information policy, foreign policy, and finance policy.
The prime minister also said that the Nepali Army has the capability to enhance its political, economic, diplomatic, communication, and military power through cooperation and coordination to address challenges and promote national interests.