Kathmandu: Fatima Sumar, vice-president of the US aid project Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), who is on a visit to Nepal, met the leaders of the political parties and clarified that the MCC is not part of the military strategy.
A team led by Vice President Sumar arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday amid increasing polarization over the MCC. The team had separate meetings with CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Unified Socialist Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal. During the meeting, a team led by Sumar said that they have been questioning the MCC agreement for the last four years and considered it necessary to clarify it.
Stating that they have brought documents signed by Nepal and the United States, the team has requested for approval if it is acceptable. Otherwise, the grant will go to other countries.
The MCC team reached Balkot to meet UML Chairman Oli, who is also a former prime minister, said that there was a dispute over the agreement not to be in Nepal. “It simply came to our notice then. He said that the kind of controversy that arose here should not have happened, ‘said Rajan Bhattarai, chief of the UML’s foreign affairs department.
According to him, UML Chairman Oli said that he had tried to move the agreement forward while he was in the government but it was not possible due to some people including the Speaker. “We are in opposition now and the government has not made any proposal,” he said. “We are not in a position to do this without knowing what the ruling parties want to do.”
In the afternoon, the MCC team met CPN (US) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal at Singha Durbar. During the meeting, a team led by Vice President Sumar clarified the issues raised about MCC in Nepal, said the leaders present at the meeting.
Leader Ganga Lal Tuladhar says, ‘They say MCC is not part of the Indo-Pacific strategy. He said that what has been rumored is just a rumor. ‘
He said that the MCC had tried to clarify the answers to the questions sent by the Ministry of Finance. “They tried to dispel all the confusion,” says Tuladhar.
The leaders of the Unified Socialists have said that they will not accept any assistance that is not in the interest of Nepal and the Nepali people and under the military strategy.
“They are trying to make it clear that they are not part of any military strategy,” Tuladhar said. See it and if you like it, approve it. ‘
A team led by MCC vice-president Sumar said they would not push for the MCC agreement, but would accept it and move the grant to another country.
A team led by MCC Vice President Fatima Sumar has met leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Chairman Upendra Yadav of JSP. Former Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai told that the to MCC team the necessary decision would be taken by consensus between the parties. They met at Hotel Marriott.
The MCC delegation is scheduled to meet Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma Prabhakar and Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal on Friday.