Successful completion of the ongoing peace process is the key to long-term stability in Nepal, the Obama Administration’s nominee as Ambassador to that country has said.

“Stability will come only with the successful completion of Nepal’s peace process,” Scott H DeLisi, the US Ambassador-nominated to Nepal, said in his confirmation hearing before the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A career Foreign Service officer, DeLisi has served in the US missions in Mumbai, Islamabad, and Colombo and headed the Nepal desk at the State Department in Washington.

The hearing was chaired by Senator Jim Webb, Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

DeLisi said Nepal and the United States have a long-standing relationship and our friendship is more important today than ever as Nepal confronts multiple challenges.

“There are urgent needs in the areas of economic growth, health, climate change, and food security in particular. I also hope to build stronger trade and investment ties between our nations,” he said.

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