Ruling alliance should clear its position on MCC at first: Oli

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Kathmandu: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that his party will make public its view on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) only after the ruling coalition clears its position on the issue.

During a meeting with MCC Vice President Fatema Z. Sumar on Thursday, the former prime minister said that his government was in favor of endorsing the compact, arguing that the incumbent government has even failed to clear its position.

During the meeting, MCC Vice President Sumar inquired about the UML’s position on the agreement, according to UML Foreign Department Chief Rajan Bhattarai.

Oli told the visiting delegation that some people, including the Speaker, had not allowed the MCC to move forward while he was in the government, said Bhattarai.

Stating that the ruling coalition has not discussed the MCC so far, Oli said it was not necessary to clarify from their side as of now arguing that the ruling coalition has not discussed it yet.

MCC Vice President Sumar and Deputy Vice President Jonathan Brooks arrived in Kathmandu on a four-day visit on Thursday. While in Nepal, the delegation led by Vice President Sumar is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma, and Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal among others.