Kathmandu, 16 December 2023 (TDI): Sewa Lamsal was appointed as the new foreign secretary of Nepal on Thursday. She has marked history by earning the honor of becoming the first female foreign secretary in years old history of Nepal spanning over seven decades, beginning in 1948.
She has taken charge of the newly designated office on December 15. Before being promoted as a foreign secretary Sewa Lamsal was serving in a senior-most post in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal.
She is the country’s 25th foreign secretary to head diplomacy, international relations, foreign affairs, and other foreign ministry tasks such as passport distribution and consular affairs.
She had been managing the ministry’s United Nations (UN) obligation, global organizations, as well as international law section and also acted as the ministry’s spokesman till being promoted to secretary.
Sewa Lamsal entered the diplomatic service as an under-secretary in 2010 and held the position of ambassador to Pakistan from 2016 to 2020. In addition, she performed her responsibilities as deputy permanent representative and minister plenipotentiary at Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
She was elevated to the rank of joint secretary within a year after switching from administrative to foreign service. She has worked as a joint secretary in the Foreign Ministry in multiple capacities since then (for over 13 years).
British Embassy in Kathmandu extended congratulations and best wishes to Sewa Lamsal on being assigned this significant job of Foreign Secretary. The Embassy of the UK felicitated and expressed a desire that with her new vital designation, the link between both states will be further strengthened.
She assumes the foreign ministry at a point in time when the government is dealing with several external issues stemming from domestic imperatives, geopolitical concerns, complex relations with India, China, and global powers, along with labor and environmental diplomacy.
The aforementioned problems correlate with a changed geopolitical scene and the need to improve the foreign ministry’s effectiveness.