KATHMNANDU, May 24: Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, minister of foreign affairs, had a telephone conversation with Wendy Sherman, US deputy Secretary of State, this morning. The two leaders discussed matters concerning Nepal-US relations, COVID-19 cooperation and common international agenda. While expressing satisfaction on the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides agreed to take forward bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Gyawali conveyed gratitude of the Government of Nepal to the United States for the generous COVID-related cooperation, which helped scale up national capacity to address the pandemic. Commending the US leadership in garnering collaborative response against the pandemic, the Foreign Minister requested the Deputy Secretary of State to accord due priority to Nepal in distribution of surplus vaccines among the developing nations.
Deputy Secretary Sherman assured that the new US Administration will continue to extend cooperation in Nepal’s socio economic sector, including the recent fight against the pandemic. Appreciating the friendship the two countries have enjoyed over the decades, she hoped that key projects in the pipeline under US cooperation would open up further avenues of prosperity for Nepal.
During the conversation, the two sides shared their commitment to working together in climate action, particularly in the context of Nepal’s plan to hold Sagarmatha Dialogue in October. They also agreed to accelerate economic partnerships in view of the uphill task of post-COVID recovery, adds the Ministry.