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 international arena, promoting Nepal’s development diplomacy, protecting the rights and interests of Nepalis living abroad are the key 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 as well as diplomatic missions and international organisations accredited to Nepal. It also consults private sector and non-governmental organisations on 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.