KATHMANDU- Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has decided to virtually participate in the second Summit for Democracy to be hosted by the US President Joe Biden on March 29 and 30. The United States will co-host the second Summit for Democracy with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and Republic of Zambia.
Two government officials, one each from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed to the Post that Dahal has told them to make necessary preparations and the US side has accordingly been informed. “With the consent of the prime minister, we have confirmed our participation and are now in the process of getting a time slot for the prime minister to make his statement,” said the foreign ministry official.
Prime Minister Dahal also responded to the invitation letter sent by US President Biden, whereby Dahal thanked him for the invitation to the summit, the official added. The prime minister will address the summit in a virtual mode on March 30, said the other official from the PMO.
The second Summit for Democracy will assemble world leaders in a virtual, plenary format, followed by gatherings in each of the co-host countries with representatives from government, civil society, and the private sector, according to a statement from the US State Department.
“Co-hosting the second Summit for Democracy with a regionally diverse group of co-hosts reinforces the truth that a safer and fairer world grounded in democratic values is both a shared aspiration and a shared responsibility,” the statement said.
– Anil Giri reports for The Kathmandu Post