The visiting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of the United States Department of State Ambassador Donald Lu paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba this evening.

Various matters concerning Nepal-US relations, cooperation in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, post-pandemic recovery and other matters of common interests featured during Lu's meeting with PM Deuba, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . The conversation also covered various areas of Nepal's development priorities as well as the United States' cooperation, including the Millenium Challenge Corporation.

Both sides expressed satisfaction on the overall state of Nepal-US relations. The prime minister thanked the US Government for continued cooperation in the socio-economic development of Nepal. He expressed appreciation for the generous support of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.

Lu assured the PM of continued US cooperation to Nepal.

Discussions were also held on the recently concluded COP26 as well as the adverse impact of climate change on the economy of Nepal. Lu conveyed the US Government's planned support in the areas of adaptation and mitigation through climate finance and technology transfer.

PM Deuba highlighted Nepal's democratic credentials and the commitment to human rights and rule of law. Lu appreciated the progress made by Nepal in consolidating democracy and thanked PM Deuba for confirming participation in the forthcoming Summit for Democracy to be convened by the president of the United States.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.