US Under-Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero has shown a great interest in the repatriation of Bhutanese and Tibetan refugees, along with giving continuity to ongoing resettlement process.
In her meet with the Nepalese Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai at Singha Durbar on Sunday, Otero stated that she wants to see the Bhutanese refugees being repatriated to their homeland.
According to PM’s chief personal secretary, Ganga Narayan Shrestha, PM also assured Otero that his government is very positive towards solving this overdue refugee imbroglio. Otero also separately met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign
Affairs Narayankaji Shrestha at the Ministry of Foreign affairs on Sunday. Besides discussing political problems of Nepal, they also briefly discussed the possibility of refugee repatriation. Deputy Minister Shrestha reminded Otero that the Nepalese government has always been committed to safeguard the rights of the Bhutanese refugees to return to their country with honor and dignity. However, he also asked for the support of international communities.
Otero arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday for her three day official visit to Nepal.