US State Department Official Holds Top-Level Meetings in Nepal
Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010
This article was published on Nepal News on January 18, 2010.
US to aid Nepal’s peace process
Visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the PMO in Singha Durbar Monday and pledged his government’s continued assistance in taking the ongoing peace process in the country to a logical end.
During his meeting with PM Nepal, Moon is learnt to have queried about the latest political situation of the country including the progress on drafting the new constitution of the country, the ongoing peace process and UNMIN’s role in it. Similarly, issues of bilateral interests including the US assistance to Nepal’s development also featured very highly during the talks between the two.
Early this morning, Moon met Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala and talked about the bilateral relations. Moon is also scheduled to meet senior political leaders including Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari, Chief of Army Staff Chattra Man Singh Gurung, top government officials, civil society leaders, human rights activists, and representatives of the international community, prior to his departure on Wednesday.
Moon will discuss the current political situation, continuation of peace process, the status of the discharge of the disqualified combatants from the cantonments, and economic development, among other issues during his meetings with political leaders and others in Nepal. This is Moon’s first Nepal visit after being appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in March, last year.