Pandey claims new vistas of US, Nepal tie-up open

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 27:

Foreign minister Ramesh Nath Pandey claimed here today that “new areas of cooperation” have been opened up between the US and Nepal.

Pandey said this after talks with visiting US Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Donald A Camp. He refused to comment on the possibility of the US

resuming military assistance to Nepal.

He said, “The US has understood the ground realities here . Areas of cooperation have been widening.” However, observers say all available indications point to a resumption of US military aid.

Pandey said Camp “ appreciated” the government’s commitment to functional multiparty democracy and the initiatives taken to hold municipal elections. He added some more US officials may visit Nepal soon Camp met vice-chairmen of the council of ministers Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirti Nidhi Bista separately and “discussed the political situation in Nepal.

Last week, US ambassador to Nepal, James F Moriarty, had said at a programme: “Should we give $2 million of security assistance to Nepal or $500 million to refugee camps scattered throughout India in the not-too-distant future?”