Washington: The United States has asked
Nepalese political parties to work together to meet the May 28 deadline to draft and finalise the new constitution.
This was conveyed to leaders of the main political
parties of Nepal by the Assistant Secretary of State for South
and Central Asia, Robert Blake, during his meetings with them,
the State Department said yesterday.
Blake, who was on a two-day visit to Nepal, met with
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Communist Party of
Nepal-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Home Minister Bhim
Rawal and other leaders.
"He urged them to work together to meet the May 28
constitution drafting deadline, extend the UN Mission in Nepal
mandate, and agree on a plan to integrate former Maoist
combatants," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public
Affairs, P J Crowley, said.
Earlier Blake visited Maiti Nepal, an anti-trafficking
foundation that was recently awarded a two-year USD 500,000
grant by the United States Department of State.
"He talked to trafficking survivors and commended the
head of Maiti Nepal on the valuable work her foundation has
achieved," Crowley said.
Blake would now travel to Thimphu to attend the SAARC
summit from April 28-29, as an observer. He will hold
bilateral meetings with regional leaders on the sidelines of