US Assistant Secretary phones Deuba, Oli and Dahal to get MCC ratified


US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu phoned Prime Minister (PM) Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday and warned that bilateral ties will be affected if the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact is not passed by February end.
Assistant Secretary Lu called the top leaders of the three major political parties separately on Thursday as America continues to exert pressure on the parties to get the MCC Compact ratified by February end.
Lu called PM Deuba at nine Thursday morning and pointed out that the grant amount will be taken back if the House does not ratify within the deadline of February end set by him and Dahal. Deuba told Lu, according to a Baluwatar source, that his party Nepali Congress (NC) is committed to ratifying the MCC Compact and he is making efforts to try to convince other leaders for the same.
Lu also called Oli and Dahal on Thursday.
“US Assistant Secretary asked for help to pass the MCC pointing that an agreement between the two countries cannot be stopped. He also pointed out that it is also an issue of Nepal’s credibility,” Chief of the Foreign Department of UML Rajan Bhattarai told Setopati. “Chairman Oli pointed out that UML is not currently in the government and does not have any responsibility. He added that the government has a majority and can conclude the issue if it so wishes.”
Oli reminded Lu that the government has yet to take any official decision on the issue.
A Maoist Center source confided with Setopati that Lu told Dahal that Ameri