US delegation wraps up three-day visit

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 9, 2017-

US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Nepal, wrapped up a three-day visit on Monday.

During the visit that began on Saturday, the delegation held discussions on bilateral relations, regional security and stability, economic growth and trade and human rights.

During its stay in Kath-mandu, the Pelosi-led delegation held meetings with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and Speaker Onasari Gharti Magar. 

Before wrapping up the visit, the US delegation also called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and other top leaders of various political parties.  

“Visiting at this time, we benefited from learning more about Nepal’s commitment to advancing democracy as we approach the elections next week,” said Pelosi. “Our primary purpose here was to discuss regional security issues, and also economic issues and the commitment to human rights. In our meetings, the delegation raised the well-being of the thousands of Tibetans who have been living in Nepal for decades as well as the rights of other minorities.” 

“There are a lot of disagreements between the parties in Congress, but support for Nepal is not one of them,” said Congressman Sensenbrenner who is co-leading the bipartisan delegation. “This delegation shows there is bipartisan support for Nepal in the Congress and for the continued steps towards democracy that are being taken here.”

“Our delegation complimented the Nepalese for their cooperation with the Millennium Challenge Corporation,” Pelosi added.  “In the wake of the massive 2015 earthquake, we also learned about the recovery efforts, including those being spearheaded by the United States.” The delegation also met with Nepal based-NGOs and key members of the civil society community.  

The delegation informed PM Dahal and political leaders that irrespective of change in the US administration after the election of Donald Trump as president, its policy on Nepal will remain unchanged. The delegation also raised the issue of registration of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. 

Published: 09-05-2017 08:03

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