US Under Secretary Maria to discuss refugee issue with Bhutan, Nepal and India


US Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will visit Bhutan, India and Nepal this week to discuss bilateral issues and look into the situation of refugees in the region, the Press Trust of India wrote sourcing the US State Department on Tuesday.

US Under Secretary Maria

During her trip to southern India and New Delhi, Otero will discuss bilateral coordination on global issues, visit Tibetan refugee settlements, explore cooperation to strengthen elections organisations and consult on regional disaster management, it said.

She will hold bilateral meetings with senior government officials while in New Delhi, the State Department said. Otero would travel to India from February 8 to 11, Bhutan February 11 to 12 and Nepal from February 13 to 14.

According to the report, Otero would also have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Jigmie Y Thinley and other senior officials, besides civil society leaders.

In her final stop, Otero will visit Kathmandu, and hold meetings with senior Nepalese officials and civil society representatives and engage on Tibetan refugee and trafficking in person issues, the State Department said.

As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero oversees the bureaus of Population, Refugees and Migration, Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor.

She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues.


  1. in deed it is good news .. US INDIA NEPAL AND BHUTAN must develop healthy plan to solve the refugee problems . Several time government of Bhutan eyewash the internationl countries about the refugee issues and human right condition and imprisonment of innocent bhutanese citizens in differnt prision of bhutan….. so this is golden opportunity to screen out the fact behind it ………………