Kathmandu, Nov 4: American ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the House, Onsari Gharti, at the latterâ€™s office in Singha Durbar today.
This is the first formal meeting between Speaker Gharti and newly appointed American envoy to Nepal, Teplitz.
According to the Legislature- Parliament Secretariat, on the occasion Speaker Gharti assured Teplitz that task as formulating new laws for the effective implementation of the newly promulgated constitution, amending the archaic rules and approving them from the House were among her top priorities. She expressed her confidence the opposition would cooperate for the same.
Also, she apprised Teplitz that the Bill related to the Reconstruction Authority was accorded the utmost priority and expressed her belief that it would be approved at the earliest.
Gharti, touching on the widespread fuel crisis in the country, assured the American envoy that the issue would be resolved soonest as government and political parties were effortful to that end.
Congratulating Speaker Gharti for being elected to the post of Speaker of the House, ambassador Teplitz pledged the support of the American government for the implementation of the new national charter as well to the Legislature-Parliament.
She shared the Speaker that a 25-member team of US Congress were arriving Nepal next week.
Present at the meeting were Manohar Prasad Bhattarai, the Secretary-General of the Legislature-Parliament Secretariat, Mukunda Sharma, Secretary of the Secretariat as well as Baburam Sigdel of Representation Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Suraj Kumar Dura, Personal Secretary to the Speaker.