KATHMANDU: Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali spoke by phone with Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, on Monday morning. During the conversation, Nepal-US relations, cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and common international agendas were discussed.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while expressing satisfaction with the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides agreed to pursue bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests.
Minister Gyawali expressed the Government of Nepal’s gratitude to the United States for its generous COVID-related cooperation, which assisted in scaling up national capacity to address the pandemic.
Commending the United States’ leadership in mobilizing a collaborative response to the global pandemic, the Foreign Minister asked the Deputy Secretary of State to prioritize Nepal in the distribution of surplus vaccines to developing countries.
The new US administration, according to Deputy Secretary Sherman, will continue to extend cooperation in Nepal’s socioeconomic sector, including the recent fight against the pandemic. She hoped that key projects in the pipeline under US cooperation would open up new avenues of prosperity for Nepal, expressing gratitude for the two countries’ friendship over the decades.
During the conversation, the two parties expressed their willingness to collaborate on climate action, particularly in light of Nepal’s plans to host Sagarmatha Sambaad in October. They also agreed to speed up economic partnerships in light of the difficult task of post-COVID recovery, according to the Ministry.