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May 1, 2022

75th years of Nepal-US ties strengthening

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The Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu. Photo: US Embassy facebook page
The Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu. Photo: US Embassy facebook page

This year marks the 75th year of diplomatic relations between the United States and Nepal. Throughout these 75 years and through the decades of change that have occurred in both of our countries – the United States and Nepal have stood with one another, said the US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry in his message.

According to the press statement of the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Americans know Nepalis as the people who make laudable advances in medicine and science, reach nearly impossible heights as mountaineers, honorably and bravely serve as UN peacekeepers, and enrich the world’s heritage through a vast diversity of arts and culture.

This week reminds us that the connection between Americans and Nepalis is and has been a connection that lasts for generations, said the US envoy Berry.

US Ambassador Randy Berry. Image credit US Embassy page

The United States’ historic support for Nepal’s health sector reflects the powerful results of our partnership, the US Envoy Berry lauds adding, “In the 1950s, malaria afflicted nearly 25 per cent of the population. The U.S. government, through USAID, supported the Malaria Control Program and by 1968, malaria cases dropped from more than 2 million to 2,468 cases nationwide.”

In the last two years since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has donated nearly 3.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nepal to date, and given over US $124.8 million in COVID assistance, it reads.

The Government of Nepal ratified the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact. The result of this Compact will help modernize Nepal’s energy and transportation sectors, assisting more than 23 million Nepalis, Berry emphasized.

Finally, the United States admires the rich history of Nepal.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation helps preserve cultural heritage around the world. In nearly 20 years, this program has supported 25 cultural preservation projects in Nepal, investing more than US $3.8 million. One result of this program includes Kathmandu’s beautiful Gaddi Baithak.

US Under Secretary Ms. Uzra Zeya. Image credit: usembassy.gov

The foundation of this multi-generational US-Nepal relationship is people-to-people connections, sovereignty, and democratic values. Today, we need each other more than ever to tackle difficult issues like addressing the climate crisis and protecting democracy in the face of rising authoritarianism. We look forward to doing this together, giving us the results that this friendship has given us for generations.

Meanwhile, the US Government’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Ms. Uzra Zeya is visiting Nepal in the third week of this month (May).

Zeya’s visit is part of a US official’s visit to Nepal to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the United States.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken appointed Zeya as a special coordinator for Tibetan affairs.

It is to note here that many high ranking US officials had visited Nepal in the short period of time.