US Ambassador meets NC chief Koirala

Kathmandu, February 13:

The US ambassador to Nepal, James F Moriarty, met Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter’s residence this morning.

In the meeting, the two discussed the ongoing democratic movement, Nepal’s current situation, Nepal-US relations, and issues of mutual interests, according to the party.

Moriarty is also learnt to have discussed the just-concluded municipal elections and the 12-point understanding reached between the seven-party alliance and Maoists.

During the meeting, the envoy showed his concerns about the implementation of the 12-point understanding, according to party sources. He is also learnt to have asked Koirala on why the parties do not have ‘proper programmes for the ongoing movement’.

Koirala, according to party sources, explained to Moriarty that the 12-point understanding would be “action oriented” in the coming days. He is also learnt to have told the ambassador that the “movement would be stronger in the future, as Prachhanda has now become democratic”. Meanwhile, Nepali Congress today directed its party rank and file to observe Democracy Day on Falgun 7 (February 19) with full vigour by organising various programmes throughout the country.

A meeting of the party today decided to mark the Day as a continuation of the peaceful movement against autocracy.