PM stresses economic partnership with US

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that Nepal looks forward to more high level engagements and economic partnership with the United States of America in the days to come.

In his Twitter post @SherBDeuba, the Prime Minister said, “We look forward to more high-level engagements and economic partnership in the days to come.”

Prime Minister Deuba has posted the statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between Nepal and USA on Friday.

Celebration of the 75th year of Nepal-US diplomatic ties provides opportunity for further expanding and enriching our partnerships in all productive sectors, Prime Minister Deuba said in his Twitter post.

Meanwhile, on this occasion, Ambassador of the United States to Nepal Randy W. Berry has said that this year marks the 75th year of diplomatic relations between the United States and Nepal. Throughout these 75 years – and through the decades of change that have occurred in both of our countries – the United States and Nepal have stood with one another. Americans know Nepalis as the people who make laudable advances in medicine and science, reach nearly impossible heights as mountaineers, honorably and bravely serve as UN peacekeepers, and enrich the world’s heritage through a vast diversity of arts and culture, the US ambassador said.

“This week reminds us that the connection between Americans and Nepalis is and has been a connection that lasts for generations,” he said.

The United States’ historic support for Nepal’s health sector reflects the powerful results of our partnership. In the 1950s, malaria afflicted nearly 25 percent of the population. The U.S. government through USAID, supported the Malaria Control Program and by 1968, malaria cases dropped from more than 2 million to 2,468 cases nationwide, Ambassador Berry said.

In the last two years since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has donated nearly 3.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nepal to date, and given over $124.8 million in COVID assistance, the US envoy said.

Separately, in February of this year, the Government of Nepal ratified the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact. The result of this Compact will help modernize Nepal’s energy and transportation sectors, assisting more than 23 million Nepalis, he said.

Finally, the United States admires the rich history of Nepal. The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

helps preserve cultural heritage around the world. In nearly 20 years, this program has supported 25 cultural preservation projects in Nepal, investing more than $3.8 million. One result of this program includes Kathmandu’s beautiful Gaddi Baithak, the US ambassador added.

The foundation of this multi-generational U.S. – Nepal relationship is people-to-people connections, sovereignty, and democratic values.

Today, we need each other more than ever to tackle difficult issues like addressing the climate crisis and protecting democracy in the face of rising authoritarianism. We look forward to doing this together, giving us the results that this friendship has given us

for generations, said ambassador Berry.

Source : TRN,