Govt rules out Nepal in US State Partnership Program yet again

Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand Attorney General
Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand speaks in the House of Representatives meeting in Kathmandu on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, June 16

The government reiterates Nepal will not be a part of the United States government’s controversial State Partnership Program.

Earlier this week, some media leaked the proposed draft of the partnership agreement that said some US security personnel could stay in Nepal for an indefinite period. The leak sparked protests inside the parliament and on social media.

In response to the lawmakers’ queries regarding the project during the House of Representatives on Thursday, Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand on behalf of the prime minister, said, “Nepal is not involved in the State Partnership Program. Neither do we have any thoughts about it.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has also already clarified to the ruling alliance that he would not sign the State Partnership Project agreement during his US visit expected to be held next month.

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