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Nepali PM to visit U.S. amid controversial SPP debates

Khalid Umar Malik
04 Jul 2022, 22:46 GMT+10

KATHMANDU, Nepal - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is expected to visit the United States this month.

Sewa Lamsal, Ministry Spokesperson, revealed the Nepal government's official position during a regular press briefing on the prime minister's visit.

"There are discussions about the prime minister's visit to the United States," Lamsal said. "Because we need to do the homework in layers, it will take some time to finalize the dates." We will make the details public when the time comes."

Deuba's visit to Washington in mid-July has been discussed for some time. On the other hand, the government had made no official announcement to that effect.

According to sources, the visit is highly anticipated but may be delayed by a few days.

Concerns had been raised about Deuba's proposed trip to Washington following a dispute in Nepal over the U.S. government's State Partnership Program (SPP), with political parties across the spectrum calling on the government not to participate. They claim it has a military component.

The U.S. embassy has maintained that the SPP has no military alliance and that it is up to the Nepal government to decide whether or not to join it.

During a press conference on Sunday, Lamsal stated that the Foreign Ministry has yet to write to the U.S. about the SPP.

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