PM Sher Bahadur Deuba skips parliamentary committee meeting discussing SPP

Kathmandu, June 19

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has chosen not to attend the meeting of the international relations committee of the House of Representatives that is discussing the US-led State Partnership Program.

The committee asked Sher Bahadur Deuba, who also leads the Ministry of Defence, to attend the meeting to discuss the SPP program and if Nepal was taking part in a military alliance. But Deuba’s secretariat told the committee that he would not be able to attend the meeting, informed the chair of the committee Pabitra Niraula Kharel.

Kharel said that the prime minister disrespected the committee by not being present. She added that Deuba had said he would attend the meeting on Saturday night but his personal secretary, Bhanu Deuba, informed the committee on Sunday morning that Deuba would not be attending the meeting.

The committee meeting on Friday had decided to discuss the issue with the prime minister. Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka and chief of army staff Prabhu Ram Sharma told the meeting Nepal was not involved in any kind of military alliance. The committee has also said that Nepal needs to tell the US that it will not be part of a military alliance.

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