KATHMANDU, July 29: Foreign Minister Dr Narayan Khadka has said that Nepal has already sent a letter to the US government, informing Nepal’s decision to not proceed with the State Partnership Program (SPP).
KATHMANDU, July 21: Although a Cabinet meeting held on June 20 had decided to withdraw from the US State Partnership Program (SPP), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has been delaying the implementation of the Cabinet decision saying that it is studying the issue.
KATHMANDU, June 29: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has alleged that one of the leaders of the ruling alliance was telling a lie to everyone, claiming that he stopped the US State Partnership Program (SPP). Oli was hinting at CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
While ‘neutrality’ itself is a sensitive issue in international relations, it becomes more sensitive in Nepal’s existing geo-strategic situation. What type of neutrality Nepal would pursue if there would be a cyber, geostrategic or physical battle among the three powers — China, India and the US — that could induce a geo-digital and geophysical effect in Nepal?
It is in the best interest of both Nepal and the US to find alternative ways to continue with the ongoing military cooperation in areas like disaster response, counter-terrorism and training opportunities.
KATHMANDU, June 19: Nepali Congress (NC) Spokesperson Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has accused the main opposition party CPN-UML of trying to make the issue of State Partnership Program (SPP) as their election agenda.
KATHMANDU, June 18: At a time when the erstwhile KP Oli-led UML government is being criticized for agreeing to the United States’ State Partnership Program (SPP) three years ago in 2019, UML lawmaker and former foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali has claimed that the political leadership including the then Prime Minister Oli and other leaders were unaware of the correspondence between Nepal Army and the US army over SPP.
KATHMANDU, June 17: National Assembly member and former Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam has claimed that the then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had worked to move forward the State Partnership Program (SPP) with the USA.
KATHMANDU, June 17: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma has clarified that the USA has not provided any weapons to Nepal. He claimed that the USA had so far provided only the necessary equipment to the NA during the disasters and had not provided any ammunition through the State Partnership Program (SPP).
KATHMANDU, June 17: CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal has asked Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to be alert during his upcoming US visit, cautioning that prime minister that he might be made to drink whiskey and mark his signature on the controversial US State Partnership Program (SPP) while in the US.
KATHMANDU, June 17: Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka has said that Nepal will not move forward with the US State Partnership Program (SPP). During the discussion of the International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives, Minister Khadka said that the SPP would not be taken forward.
KATHMANDU, June 16: Minister for Home Affairs, Bal Krishna Khand, on behalf of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who was unable to participate in today’s discussion on the budget in the federal parliament, has said that neither is Nepal involved in the State Partnership Program (SPP) in any way nor does it have the intention to do so in the future.
KATHMANDU, June 15: Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, an MP of the main opposition party CPN-UML and a former minister, has demanded the government to clarify the United States State Partnership Program (SPP) “which it is about to sign”.