1. US will support Nepal irrespective of party in power: Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

US will support Nepal irrespective of party in power: Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

The US will support Nepal irrespective of the party in power, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said today as she discussed the political developments in the Himalayan country with its foreign minister.

By: | Kathmandu | Published: May 7, 2017 11:29 PM
Pelosi, a leader in the House of Representatives and former House speaker, met foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat here. (Reuters)

The US will support Nepal irrespective of the party in power, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said today as she discussed the political developments in the Himalayan country with its foreign minister. Pelosi, a leader in the House of Representatives and former House speaker, met foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat here and discussed the political situation ahead of the May 14 local level polls, the peace process, and implementation of the new Constitution.

Mahat told her about the provisions in the Constitution, guaranteeing human rights, and those related to women and ethnic inclusiveness in state departments. He expressed confidence that the cooperation the US has provided to Nepalese living in the US will continue.

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Pelosi, leading a bipartisan delegation to Nepal on a three-day visit, praised the provisions in the Constitution on women’s participation and inclusion, saying the US could take “a page out of this”, the minister’s press adviser said. She said the US would continue to support Nepal no matter which government comes to power in Nepal, the official said.

Appreciating the peace process in Nepal, drafting of the Constitution and managing the political transition, Pelosi hoped for the success of the upcoming local level elections.

Nepal has been witnessing political uncertainties over a host of issues including protest by the Madhesi people for provisions in the Constitution for adequate representation in the legislature and the recent impeachment motion brought by political parties against the first woman chief justice of the country, Sushila Karki. The Supreme Court has stayed the motion and reinstated Karki as chief justice through an interim order.

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