US Ambassador Berry intensifies political talks

US Ambassador Randy Berry (left side) and Nepali Congress Chairman Sher Bahadur Deuba (right side) having talk regarding new administration in the United States on Monday. Photo Courtesy: Twitter handle of Ambassador Randy Berry

Kathmandu: After Joe Biden took over the presidency, US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry has intensified political meetings in Kathmandu.

The US ambassador, who met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday, met with Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday. He is also scheduled to meet leaders of other political parties.

Berry tweeted after the meeting with Prachanda, “I have met with Prachanda as part of a series of meetings to discuss the priorities of the new administration. I reiterate the United States’ commitment to strengthening democracy, fighting climate change, and protecting the human rights of women and girls around the world. “

According to the US Embassy in Kathmandu, the recent meetings are aimed at informing the new President about Nepal and global priorities.

The new administration has some different priorities than its predecessor, Donald Trump. For example, Wide has decided to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a decision that will have some impact on Nepal as well. As soon as the United States decided to join the agreement, Ambassador Veri expressed his desire to support Nepal’s ongoing Everest Dialogue. Nepal had planned to hold the dialogue last year with the aim of taking the lead on climate change agendas, but it was not possible due to Kovid. The United States has expressed a desire to support that dialogue.

Similarly, in the meeting with Nepali leaders, the Ambassador also expressed the US desire to work closely with Nepal to fight Kovid-19. “Women’s and children’s rights are another important priority for the United States,” Berry told leaders.

Both sides have not commented on whether MCC has been discussed in recent meetings. Similarly, neither side has said whether there has been any discussion on the recent political developments.