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Oversight

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Feb 17, 2019-

This is with reference to the recent news on Nepal’s confused stand over the Venezuela crisis (‘Fault lines appear’, Page 1, Feb 8, 2019). As various Indo-Pacific media have reported, the U.S. State Department  had recently summoned Nepali envoy to the U.S. , Arjun Karki, over the controversial remarks made by  NCP co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal supporting Maduro against the U.S. This has now reportedly drawn fault lines within NCP, which remains divided on other major ideological issues.

Certainly Dahal, whose previous  actions on the Nepali peace process  have proven pro democracy and pro peace, does not seem to comprehend that Nicolas Maduro is a gangster and violator of human rights whose regime is losing international credibility day by day. The Venezuelan people have gone hungry without food all the while and now Maduro is denying access to international humanitarian aid.

One hopes the Nepal Government will immediately rectify the situation with a positive official stance on the Venezuela crisis, and that both U.S. and Nepal  will continue as great close friends cum development partners. In the past, US-Nepal friendship has been considered strong, resilient , and a model for the entire region.

- Surya B. Prasai, Washington D.C

Published: 17-02-2019 11:00

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