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Nepal - Relations with U.S. (Notes)


U.S.-NEPAL RELATIONS
The United States established official relations with Nepal in 1947 and opened its Kathmandu Embassy in 1959. Relations between the two countries have always been friendly. U.S. policy objectives toward Nepal center on helping Nepal build a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic society.

Since 1951, the United States has provided more than $791 million in bilateral economic assistance to Nepal. In recent years, annual bilateral U.S. economic assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has averaged $40 million. USAID supports agriculture, health, family planning, environmental protection, democratization, governance, and hydropower development efforts in Nepal. USAID is also supporting Nepals peace process, as well as its preparation for Constituent Assembly elections. The United States also contributes to international institutions and private voluntary organizations working in Nepal. To date, U.S. contributions to multilateral organizations working in Nepal approach an additional $725 million, including humanitarian assistance. The Peace Corps temporarily suspended its operations in Nepal in 2004 due to increasing security concerns, and officially terminated its Nepal program in 2006.

Principal U.S. Officials
Ambassador--James F. Moriarty
Deputy Chief of Mission--vacant
Counselor for Management Affairs--Michelle Esperdy
USAID Director--Donald B. Clark
Political and Economic Chief--Williams S. Martin
Consular Chief--Mary Emma (Mea) Arnold
Public Affairs Officer--Robert L. Hugins
Regional Security Officer--Karen A. Lass
Regional Environment Officer--John Q. Adams
Political/Military Chief--Stephen W. Riley
Defense Attaché--LTC Scott Taylor
Office of Defense Cooperation--Maj. Lawrence A. Smith


The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is located in Pani Pokhari, Kathmandu (Tel: [977] (1) 441-1179; fax: [977] (1) 441-9963). The Consular Section and American Center (Public Affairs Section) are located at the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu (Tel: [977] (1) 444-5577; Consular fax: [977] (1) 444-4981; Public Affairs fax: [977] (1) 443-5869). The U.S. Agency for International Development is located in Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu (Tel: [977] (1) 427-0144; fax: [977] (1) 427-2357).


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