Nepal and the United States on Tuesday discussed cooperation between the two countries on fighting corona virus pandemic. “Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Tuesday and had a cordial conversation,” according to a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Matters relating to bilateral relations and cooperation, including the priority issues of the day, such as, COVID-19 vaccine cooperation and assistance of medical equipment and supplies to Nepal were discussed during the talk.” The Secretary of State extended warm congratulations to the Prime Minister on his appointment, said the ministry.
“The Prime Minister expressed appreciation to the US Government for providing 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as grant and requested the US Government for further assistance of appropriate vaccines to cover the children and younger population for preventing widely speculated third wave of the pandemic,.
“The Prime Minister thanked the US Government for continued cooperation in the socio-economic development of Nepal,” it adds. “The conversation also covered various areas of Nepal’s development priorities, the United States’ cooperation and the MCC.”
They also discussed about “the issue of global warming and climate change and its impact on the economies of climate vulnerable mountainous countries like Nepal.”
Prime Minister Deuba underlined Nepal’s democratic credentials and the commitment to human rights and the rule of law.
Conveying his greetings and best wishes to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Ms. Kamala Harris Prime Minister Deuba asked the Secretary of State to expressed his willingness to work closely with the Biden administration, according to the ministry.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry has said the US government is positive about providing necessary support to Nepal to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “During a meeting with Finance Minister Janardan Sharma on Tuesday, the US envoy expressed his commitment that the US government will be assisting in the improvement of Nepal’s education and health sectors.”