United States Will Continue Assistance in Nepal

Feb 7The US Treasury Department has decided to allow the US Department of State and USAID to continue their assistance to Nepal even after the Maoists join the government. According to a knowledgeable source, the Department of Treasury approved a license to the State Department and USAID to continue US assistance to Nepal on February 5 even after the Maoists join the interim government. The license also applies to contractors and grantees of the State Department and USAID.

Despite this decision, the Maoists will continue to remain in the State Department’s Terrorist list as the Designated Global Terrorist, a knowledgeable source said. The source further said license does not apply to American individuals or organization working in Nepal without grants or contracts.

“Those organizations and individuals will still be required to apply to the Treasury Department for their own license if they wish to provide goods, services, including advice, or funds to the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists,” the source said. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) will continue to feature in the US list of terrorist organizations even after it joins the interim government, but the State Department will give clearance to US agencies working in Nepal to continue their operations.

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