Nepal | January 16, 2021

Nepal to first study strings attached to MCC before joining it

‘The country won’t be part of any military pact in the guise of any programme’

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, December 21

Co-chair of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal today told party fellows that Nepal could accept US assistance under its millennium challenge corporation Nepal compact programme, but it should be amply clear that the MCC programme was separate from the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

According to Standing Committee member Beduram Bhusal, Dahal told the Standing Committee meeting that Nepal could accept the MCC only after considering the strings attached to the programme. “We have to see how far the conditions of the MCC programme suit our interests,” Bhusal quoted Dahal as telling the party meeting.

Responding to queries of the party’s Standing Committee members, Dahal said while Nepal should continue to enjoy its old and cordial relations with the US, it could not be part of any military alliance in the guise of any programme, according to NCP Standing Committee member Mani Thapa.

Dahal’s response came after some members of the Standing Committee told the meeting that MCC was part of the Indo Pacific strategy and hence Nepal should not accept the programme.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali recently said in a newspaper interview that MCC was not part of IPS and thus negative comments were uncalled for.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had also said in a newspaper interview that the MCC would be endorsed during the winter session of Parliament.

The PM also expressed dissatisfaction with former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara saying he made a mistake by withholding the process of adopting the programme.

The US has announced that it will provide assistance of $500 million to Nepal under the MCC programme over the next five years.

According to Bhusal, Dahal said Nepal Communist Party was fundamentally different from communist movements in other countries around the world and Nepal’s communist movement would move ahead on the basis of its own features.

Dahal said the party’s unity document would guide its course of action in the days ahead and if any amendment had to be made in the party’s document then the party’s next general convention would have to amend it.

According to Dahal, two agenda — border dispute with India and amendment to the party’s statue would be discussed tomorrow.

According to Thapa, the Standing Committee decided to call its Central Committee meeting on January 19.

It has been almost one-and-a-half years since the party held its Central Committee meeting.


A version of this article appears in print on December 22, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

First Arab Ama Dablam Expedition makes successful attempt on Thursday

KATHMANDU: A team from Seven Summit Treks ‘First Arab Ama Dablam Expedition’ comprising Qatari climber Fahad Badar, Sherief Elabd from Eygpt and Nadhira Al Harthy from Oman have attempted Mt Ama Dablam (6812 m) on January 14. The winter ascent to Ama dablam consisted of at least 14 climbers w Read More...

Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem COVID-19 and steady economy

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE: President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout. Called the “American Read More...

Mobile data users abandoning Ncell for NT

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 14 Mobile data users in the country are increasingly abandoning Ncell and subscribing state-owned Nepal Telecom. At least that is what the data compiled by Nepal Telecommunications Authority reveals. According to the Management Information System of NTA, 60 per cent of the t Read More...

Rival NCP factions hold standing committee meetings

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 14 Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal held its Standing Committee meeting and discussed ways to effectively carry out its protest programme against dissolution of the House of Representatives. NCP (Dahal-Nepal) Spokesperson Naryan Ka Read More...

Security personnel of Khotang District Police Office destroy cannabis planted illegally by the locals in Durchim VDC of Khotang district on Monday, December 21, 2015. Photo: RSS

Cops intensify drive to destroy cannabis, opium plants

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 14 Nepal Police destroyed cannabis and opium plants cultivated in a large swathe of land across the country in the fiscal year 2019-20, according to an annual report recently released by the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the report, cannabis plants being cultivated Read More...

WHO supports member countries to end COVID-19 pandemic

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 14 Member countries in the World Health Organisation South-East Asia Region are gearing up for massive vaccination campaigns in a bid to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO South-East Asia Region has 11 member countries — Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic o Read More...

Bhattarai calls for decisive agitation

DAMAULI, JANUARY 14 Janata Samaj Party-Nepal Federal Council Chairperson Baburam Bhattarai has stressed the need of a decisive struggle to protect democracy and the constitution. Accusing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli of putting the constitution and democracy at risk by dissolving the Parliamen Read More...

Locals protest East-West Railway survey

BARA, JANUARY 14 The locals have protested a survey of the East-West Railway in Bara. The locals were up in arms after a survey was done affecting the main settlement in the bazaar area of Nijgadh Municipality. According to the survey team Incharge Suraj Poudel, the locals impeded the d Read More...