By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry has said that it is not in the US interest to establish a military base in Nepal and that the US will remain solid on its stance even if Nepal proposes.
“We are not for setting up a military base in Nepal even when we get an offer from the Nepalese side. We have never asked Nepal to join a military alliance,” said Ambassador Berry, as he was addressing a function of Nepal Army’s command and officers in the Army’s Staff College.
“The objective of American assistance to Nepal is to make Nepal self-dependent and be able to protect and defend its sovereignty,” Ambassador Berry said.
On the question of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact, Ambassador Berry said rumor-mongers have attempted to paint the development project as a military project in Nepal.
“Nepal may have to lose the MCC grant assistance if it is viewed by connecting it with the fictitious military component,” Ambassador Berry said, adding that the US and Nepal have been cooperating on the development assistance front for more than 70 years now.
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