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We have not threatened Nepali leaders, says US envoy Berry

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

We have not threatened Nepali leaders, says US envoy Berry

American Ambassador to Nepal Randy W. Berry has said that they have not threatened Nepali leaders on the issues relating to Millennium Challenge Corporation(MCC) Nepal compact

American Ambassador to Nepal Randy W. Berry has said that they have not threatened Nepali leaders on the issues relating to Millennium Challenge Corporation(MCC) Nepal compact.

Speaking with a group of journalists, the US envoy said: “We have not threatened Nepali leaders – that is false. But we are just asking Nepal to fulfill its commitments.”  He said American officials have had discussions with Nepali leaders – but not in the way characterized by some media and online portals.

“Whether the Nepali leaders ratify MCC is a decision for Nepal to make as a sovereign democratic nation and Nepal's decision alone.  After years of delays on following through on Nepal’s promise, we simply ask that ratifying the agreement be brought to a vote so the people through their elected officials have their say,” Ambassador Berry said. 

Unfortunately, this development program has been mired in disinformation.  This is disinformation about a program that is based on transparency, accountability, and democracy – who would be against that?, he added.