HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: US Ambassador Scott H DeLisi, who has been transferred as new US envoy to Uganda, has begun his farewell calls with Nepali government officials and political leaders. He called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha at the later’s office in Singha Durbar today and stressed the need to maintain cordial ties between Nepal and the US regardless of change in government.
During the meeting, DeLisi welcomed the progress in the integration of Maoist ex-rebels and expressed hope that the ongoing debate on statute drafting will result in a positive outcome, according to an officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). DeLisi is learnt to have told DPM Shrestha that he was leaving Nepal in the first week of June.
After Nepal, he will go to Washington, DC and then head to Uganda to assume his assignment. DPM Shrestha wished him a successful tenure in Uganda.
Earlier, DeLisi called on Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun. According to a MoFA official, he will meet Prime Minister and senior political leaders soon.
US President had announced DeLisi’s transfer in January. Senior career diplomat Peter W Bodde, who has already served in Kathmandu twice in different capacities, is to replace DeLisi.