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Country should meet Nepalese aspirations with new Constitution: US Secretary

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa and asked him to ensure that the country’s new Constitution meets all the aspirations of the Nepalese people.

“While recognising the significance of Nepal’s constitution, he (Kerry) urged Nepal to continue working to ensure it meets all the aspirations of the Nepali people,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.

Nepal had been in political turmoil as the Indian-origin Madhesi people are opposing the seven-province model of federalism which was introduced in the country through the promulgation of the new Constitution.

Madhesis led a nearly six-month-long violent protest over better representation in the Parliament and the federal structure of the new Constitution.

Newly-elected Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba this month said “flaws” in the new Constitution could be rectified as he appealed to Madhesis and other stakeholders to resolve the statute-related issues through dialogue.

During the meeting yesterday, Thapa also briefed Kerry about reconstruction works undertaken by Nepalese government in the aftermath of the April 25, 2015 devastating earthquake.

Kirby said the Secretary and the Under-Secretary encouraged Nepal to keep up the pace on earthquake reconstructions.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread devastation.

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