The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for formulating and implementing Nepal’s foreign policy. Strengthening Nepal’s bilateral, regional and multilateral relations, projecting and promoting Nepal’s image in the international arena, promoting Nepal’s development diplomacy, and protecting the rights and interests of Nepalis living abroad are the critical tasks of the Ministry. It also provides passport and consular services and handles protocol matters. In fulfilling its responsibilities, the Ministry coordinates with all relevant government agencies, Nepali missions abroad, diplomatic missions, and international organizations accredited to Nepal. It also consults private sector and non-governmental organizations on the policy as well as implementation-related matters within its jurisdiction.
Currently, there are 39 Nepali diplomatic missions abroad – 30 Embassies, 3 Permanent Missions, and 6 Consulates General.