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Nepal’s Major Political Parties Ready To Rectify MCC After Fatima’s Clarifications

“Our party alone cannot take a decision on MCC. A national consensus has to be reached out to endorse the project from the parliament. For this, there should be no delay in initiating a serious and positive dialogue among all political parties,” JSP senior leader Baburam Bhattarai said.
(Fatima Sumar, Vice President of the US Agency for International Development (MCC) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), arrived at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on Thursday on a four-day visit to Nepal. Kathmandu, September 9, 2021. Photo: Ratna Shrestha-RSS)

BY N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Nepal’s major political parties are inching closer to forge a national consensus on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)’s development project in Nepal, following a visit and clarifications from MCC Vice President Fatema Sumar.

During Sumar’s consultations with the leaders of Nepal’s major political parties, they stressed that their parties are not against the MCC project, but they need to forge a general consensus in regard to the project.

“Due to misinformation and rumors surrounding the project, it was tough to reach to a quick decision,” the leaders emphasized.

Following misinformation about the proposed development project, MCC VP Sumar recently visited Nepal and met with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other prominent leaders including CPN (UML) chair KP Sharma Oli, CPN (Unified Socialist) chair Madhav Kumar Nepal, NCP (Maoist) chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, and JSP senior leader Baburam Bhattarai and its chair Upendra Yadav, among others.

Meanwhile, JSP senior leader Bhattarai, during a press meet in Gorkha, stressed that the MCC compact has to be endorsed soon, as it is in Nepal’s national interest.

“Our party alone cannot take a decision on MCC. A national consensus has to be reached out to endorse the project from the parliament. For this, there should be no delay in initiating a serious and positive dialogue among all political parties,” Bhattarai said.

During her visit to Nepal, MCC VP Sumar made it clear that the $500 million grant project is purely a development aid to improve Nepal’s electricity and road connectivity and that there is no military component in it.

Issuing a statement on Monday, MCC office in Nepal has also condemned misinformation and fake contents circulating in social media.

“We condemn the act of misusing social media and circulating fake information. We request all to be aware of those fake information,” said the MCC office in Nepal in the statement.

 

 

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