Can we imagine that we have a foreign minister who is naive on basic diplomatic protocol? Do many also know that we have a special officer and a chief of protocol, who compulsorily accompanies the head of the nation and government during their visits abroad? His duty is to inform about the protocol to the members of the delegation.
During the visit of our President Bidya Devi Bhandari to China, we could see some odd scenes. When President Bhandari was welcomed at Xi’an international airport, in China, the members in the visit were found rushing to get down from the aircraft. In fact, they should have to sit down on their seats in the aircraft until the host country will complete the welcome process of the chief guest.
In another photograph, our foreign minister, who is also the visit minister, was seen in a very untidy dress. He was wearing sports shoes and posing besides the President. In fact, the foreign minister should be always in a formal dress. When the foreign secretary was seen in formal Daura-Surwal, why the foreign minister wished to appear in such a casual dress, it is surprising.
Since the introduction of the multiparty system, the foreign ministry has forgotten any protocol code and dress code as well.