Germany supports religious freedom: German Envoy

German Ambassador to Nepal Matthias Mayer said although Germany supports religious freedom, it does not believe in exerting pressure whatsoever to ensure rights to change religion in the new constitution.

Dec. 20, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -12 December. 5- 2014 (Mansir 19, 2071)

German Ambassador to Nepal Matthias Mayer said although Germany supports religious freedom, it does not believe in exerting pressure whatsoever to ensure rights to change religion in the new constitution. "We support religious freedom. But religious conversion is something personal and this does not have to be a public issue. We do not really advocate for this," said Ambassador Mayer.

Speaking to a select group of journalists at his residence on Friday, Mayer clarified that Germany does not hold any position with regard to religion in the new statute. "We absolutely do not hold any position on religion," said the envoy.

German Ambassador Mayer said that religious conversion has to be voluntary, but this should not involve any kind of monetary influence or other inducements. "Germany does not hold any position or comment on religion and federalism in Nepal. We see religion and state as different entities," he said. "We want to help you only if we are asked for. Our desire is to see stable, prosperous and democratic Nepal."

 

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