With an eye on China, senior US official arrives in Nepal


Kathmandu: With an eye fixed on China because it has expanded its clout throughout South Asia, the US Below Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Kathmandu the place she is going to meet members of Nepal’s new authorities led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Nuland is the senior-most overseas dignitary to go to Nepal following the appointment of Dahal, popularly generally known as Prachanda, as Prime Minister on December 25 final yr.

Throughout her seven-day journey itinerary, Nuland shall be touring Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Qatar between January 28 and February 3, in response to the US State Division.

In Nepal, Nuland will interact with the brand new authorities on the broad agenda of the US partnership with Nepal, the division mentioned in an announcement.

Nuland is a seasoned American diplomat who has labored with three American Presidents, incumbent Joe Biden, and former Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

With the formation of the federal government led by the previous communist insurgent chief and backed by the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the Individuals need to cease the Himalayan nation from tilting in direction of China.

When the Nepal authorities had determined to simply accept $500 million US grant underneath the Millennium Problem Company (MCC), Beijing tried to disturb it.

Each Washington and Beijing exchanged heated phrases when Nepali political events determined to ratify the American grant from the Parliament.

Regardless of robust reservations from Beijing, Nepal’s parliament in February final yr ratified the MCC which is all set to come back into operation from August this yr.

The US Ambassador in Kathmandu Dean Thompson already mentioned that Washington’s high precedence in Nepal goes to the implementation of the MCC.

Nonetheless some sections in Nepal have been opposing for MCC implementation.

Throughout an interplay with journalists on January 12, Thompson mentioned that his nation attaches high precedence to implementing the MCC Nepal compact, not least as a result of he had obtained encouraging suggestions from varied stakeholders for its well timed implementation.

The $500 million undertaking is ready to enter into pressure from August with the US authorities wanting to make sure it’s executed with none additional hindrances.

Nepal authorities officers mentioned that along with common issues, high US precedence is to make sure an unhindered implementation of the MCC in Nepal.

The undertaking needs to be accomplished inside 5 years.

Moreover, the US has additionally prolonged one other $659 million in financial help via the USAID for an additional 5 years.

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