2 February 2019: One of world’s least developed nation is giving the world’s most powerful country a good dose of headache, thanks to Comrade Prachanda’s love of rhetoric.
On January 25, Pushpa Kamal Dahal issued a statement denouncing western nations including United States for their “intervention” in the internal affairs of Venezuela where the Maduro government is currently poised against self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido.
“The self-declaration of Juan Guaido, as the acting president of Venezuela and immediate recognition of him by US and other regional states, clearly shows the grand design going on against the legitimately elected president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, President Nicholas Maduro and Venezuelan People,” a statement signed by the “chairman” of Nepal Communist Party read.
That former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” has effectively irritated the biggest possible source of Foreign Direct Investment in Nepal becomes apparent from few developments since the co-chairman’s press statement on Venezuela.
First, the US has already called Nepal’s ambassador in Washington, Arjun Karki, for a clarification on comrade Prachanda’s statement. They want to know whether what the statement said was the official standing of the Government of Nepal or a mere personal opinion of the co-chairman.
Secondly, the US ambassador decided to stay away from a briefing organised by the Nepalese government on Friday although the US embassy in Kathmandu did advise local media that ambassador Randy Berry did not participate in the briefing due to a pre-existing “plan”. It was intimated to the host nation’s foreign ministry, it said.
In the meantime, the US Embassy in Kathmandu has also downplayed the Nepal Investment Summit that the Nepalese government is hosting next month. It says without Nepal bringing about real changes in how the country is run, it is “premature” to host the international forum because it may “undermine Nepal’s credibility”.