Update: May 22, 2022 10:26 a.m. STI
Kathmandu [Nepal], May 22 (ANI): US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Uzra Zeya visited Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at his residence on Sunday. The Prime Minister attended the visiting US delegate and the duo held discussions on ways to strengthen Nepal-US relations and other issues.
“It was a pleasure to host the U.S. delegation led by the Under Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights @UnderSecStateJ. We exchanged views on the relationship between Nepal and the United States and on matters of mutual interest,” Deuba tweeted.
US Under Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Uzra Zeya arrived in Nepal on May 20.
Arriving in Nepal with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Anjali Kaur Zeya met with United States Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry and had a discussion to strengthen the partnership between the two countries.
“Glad to celebrate with @USAmbNepal and @USEmbassyNepal the new @USAID-Nepal assistance agreement which will provide $659 million to support our shared vision of a democratic and prosperous future,” Zeya tweeted.
On May 20, the United States delegate met with International Women of Courage award winners Bhumika Shrestha and Muskan Khatun. She expressed her joy at meeting the two honorees recognized for their work in the LGBTQI+ rights movement and against acid attacks, respectively.
She also visited the Boudha Stupa and praised the rich religious, architectural and cultural history of Nepal.
Zeya is visiting India and Nepal from May 17-22. During his visit to India from May 17 to 20, Zeya met with Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra and had a discussion with him on regional issues of common concern.
She also traveled to Dharamshala where she met with exiled community activists and leaders. She also met with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Thursday.
The key visit comes shortly after Central Tibetan Administration Chairman Penpa Tsering’s visit to Washington last month. During his visit, Tsering met with the US Special Envoy as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The US State Department, in a press release, said Zeya will also discuss partnership with India and Nepal during this “Democracy Summit Year of Action”. The delegation will include Anjali Kaur, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Zeya is the first American Indian to hold this position. She was appointed special coordinator for Tibetan issues in December last year.
The International Campaign for Tibet welcomed her appointment as the new U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and expressed hope that she will work proactively to promote dialogue among envoys of the Dalai Lama and Chinese leaders. (ANI)