The Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Govinda Sharma Bandi, asserted that the Nepalese government has not received any proposal to sign the United States Government’s State Partnership Program between the Nepalese Army and the United States National Guard.
Responding to concerns from House of Representatives lawmakers on Wednesday, Bandi denied the claim that the United States was pushing for the deal to be signed.
“The Nepalese government did not invite the State Partnership Program (SPP). He has not forwarded any proposals on this matter nor received any,” Bandi said in the Parliament. “Let me be very clear… This is a rumor aimed at defaming the government.”
Addressing the lower house on Wednesday, lawmakers from all parties demanded that the government clear the air on the SPP.
Nepal’s participation in the program received a boost last week when US Army Pacific Commanding General Charles Flynn visited Nepal.
During his meetings with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Army Chief of Staff Prabhu Ram Sharma, Flynn called for the signing of the SPP. It triggered heated debates in the political and intellectual circle after some media released a draft program proposal. Lawmakers from all parties, including those in the ruling Nepalese Congress, have said Nepal should not be part of any military strategy.
Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka tried to clarify on Tuesday that Nepal would not join any military alliance.
“It’s just a rumor that we will join the military alliance,” he said while answering lawmakers’ questions about Nepal’s possibility of joining the Indo-Pacific Strategy and Partnership Program. ‘State.