Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke via phone with Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, on Monday morning.
During the conversation, Nepal-US ties, cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, and common international priorities were discussed.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while expressing satisfaction with the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides decided to pursue bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests.
Minister Gyawali expressed the Government of Nepal’s gratitude to the United States for its significant COVID-related cooperation, which assisted in scaling up national capacity to combat the epidemic.
Commending the United States’ efforts in mobilizing a joint response to the worldwide epidemic, the Foreign Minister asked the Deputy Secretary of State to prioritize Nepal in the distribution of surplus vaccines to impoverished countries.
The new US administration, according to Deputy Secretary Sherman, would continue to extend collaboration in Nepal’s socioeconomic sector, particularly the current fight against the pandemic. She believed that significant projects in the pipeline under US support will open up new paths of wealth for Nepal, expressing gratitude for the two nations’ relations throughout the decades.
During the conversation, the two parties expressed their willingness to collaborate on climate action, particularly in light of Nepal’s plans to host Sagarmatha Sambaad in October. They also agreed to speed up business collaborations in light of the difficult job of post-COVID recovery, according to the Ministry.