US dismisses reports claiming military deal with Nepal

New Delhi: After some news outlets reported on an agreement reached between Nepal and the US army, the US Embassy in Nepal dismissed the reports and said, it is ‘fake’.

In a series of tweets, the embassy said, “The document published in some online outlets that purport to be a military deal between the United States and Nepal is fake. By policy, the United States does not ask countries to join the State Partnership Program and only responds to requests to do so.”

This comes after various local media reported on a possible agreement reached between Nepal and US Army on State Partnership Program (SPP), which has raised controversies.

“The SPP is an exchange program between an American state’s National Guard and a partner foreign country. The US National Guard domestically supports US first responders in dealing with natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and wildfires,” the embassy said.

Stating that SPP has existed for over 25 years and includes over 80 partnerships with over 90 countries, the embassy said, “In the event of natural and other disasters, ranging from hurricanes to earthquakes, floods, and fires, the United States seeks to share the best practices and capabilities of our National Guards — our first-line responders.”

It is said that during US Army Pacific Commander General Charles Flynn’s recent visit, Nepal was asked to finalize the deal. High-level visits are currently being made from the United Stated to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the US. (WION News)

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