Foreign Minister Gyawali requests US Deputy Secretary of State to prioritize Nepal for vaccines

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Kathmandu: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has requested Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America Wendy Sherman to prioritize Nepal for vaccines.

During a telephone conversation on Monday morning, Foreign Minister Gyawalirequested the Deputy Secretary of State Sherman to accord due priority to Nepal during the distribution of surplus vaccines among the developing nations.

Last week, US President Joe Biden had announced sharing 20 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses with other countries, taking the total number of such shots to 80 million.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that various matters concerning Nepal-US relations, cooperation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and common international agendas figured during the talk.

Last week, US President Joe Biden had announced sharing 20 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses with other countries, taking the total number of such shots to 80 million.

While expressing satisfaction on the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides agreed to take forward bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests, reads the statement.

Likewise, Minister Gyawali conveyed the gratitude of the government of Nepal to the United States for the generous Covid-related cooperation, which helped scale up the national capacity to address the pandemic.

Deputy Secretary Sherman assured that the new US administration will continue to extend cooperation in Nepal’s socioeconomic sector, including recent fight against the pandemic.

Appreciating the friendship the two countries have enjoyed over the decades, she hoped that key projects in the pipeline under US cooperation would open up further avenues of prosperity for Nepal.

During the conversation, the two sides shared their commitment to working together for climate action, particularly in the context of Nepal’s plan to hold Sagarmatha Sambaad in the coming October. They also agreed to accelerate economic partnerships in view of the uphill task of post-Covid recovery.