Visit of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 15, 2011

The United States welcomes the visit to Washington of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Adhikari and his delegation to participate in a multilateral conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia, co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and Nepal, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

We also welcome the signing on April 15 of the United States - Nepal Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Deputy Prime Minister Adhikari. This agreement will provide a forum for bilateral talks to enhance trade and investment, discuss specific trade issues, and promote more comprehensive trade agreements between the United States and Nepal.

During the visit and meetings, U.S. officials were pleased to hear from the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Nepal's commitment to completing the final implementation of the peace process and the drafting of a democratic constitution. As the May 28 deadline to finalize the constitution approaches, now is the time for all parties to join together to build consensus on the completion of these tasks, which are crucial steps on Nepal’s path toward a peaceful and prosperous democratic future.

PRN: 2011/596