The United States is closely following the debate as Nepal approaches the final stages of drafting and promulgating its constitution. The United States recognizes the utmost importance of this process for the Nepali people and for cementing Nepal’s democratic transition and providing the foundation for economic development.
As the vote in the Constituent Assembly continues, we hope that the document that emerges embraces the creativity, inclusiveness, and flexibility that will build a peaceful and prosperous Nepal. The constitution should have the broadest possible support and the outcome should honor fundamental rights such as gender equality and basic freedoms.
We urge citizens to engage through peaceful, non-violent means, and call on the Nepali security forces to exercise restraint in responding to protests.