Pompeo, Gyawali discuss Nepal's central role in Indo-Pacific strategy

Published On: December 19, 2018 08:07 AM NPT By: Santosh Ghimire  | @journonepali

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Visiting Foreign Minister Padeep Kumar Gyawali held talks with his counterpart Michael R. Pompeo  in Washington on Wednesday.

During the meeting, US Secretary of State Pompeo highlighted the enduring strength of the U.S.-Nepal partnership and the close people-to-people ties that form the foundation of the relationship, according to a press statement issued by the Deputy Spokesperson of the State Department Robert Palladino.

"The two leaders discussed Nepal’s $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact; Nepal’s central role in a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific; and global issues, including North Korea," read the statement.

Terming the meeting 'historic' Pompeo noted that it demonstrates the U.S. commitment to its strong partnership with Nepal. He emphasized the great potential for the further development of U.S.-Nepal ties, according to Spokesperson.

The visit of the Nepali foreign minister to the United States comes at a time when the United States is willing to establish 'strategic partnership' with Nepal as part of its 'Indo-Pacific strategy'.

The US launched 'Indo-Pacific strategy' aims to use political, economic, diplomatic, military, and other means to co-opt China's neighboring countries including India and Nepal to contain China.

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