- Title: NEPAL: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL HAS ARRIVED IN KATHMANDU
- Date: 18th January 2002
- Summary: (W4) KATHMANDU, NEPAL (JANUARY 18, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL'S PLANE ON THE TARMAC AT TRIBHUVAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 0.03 2. SLV POWELL WALKS DOWN STAIRS IS GREETED ON RED CARPET BY NEPALESE FOREIGN MINISTER ARJUN SINGH 0.17 3. SV POWELL AND SINGH SHAKE HANDS 0.23 4. SV PULL OUT SLV CHILDREN IN TRADITIONAL COSTUME WITH FLOWERS GREETING POWELL 0.40 5. SLV POWELL GETS INTO VEHICLE 0.49 6. MCU OF SECURITY GUARDS AT AIRPORT 0.51 7. LV POWELL'S VEHICLE AND MOTORCYCLE ESCORT DRIVES ACROSS TARMAC 1.05 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 2nd February 2002 12:00
- Location: KATHMANDU, NEPAL
- Country: Nepal
- Reuters ID: LVA4FZ5KDDZK54DMXMPLHMCK3UDI
- Story Text: United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has
arrived in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on the latest leg of
his south Asian tour.
Secretary of State Powell will meet Nepal's new King
Gyanendra and will have talks with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur
Deuba prior to a state dinner on Friday (January 18) night.
The Secretary of State and the Prime Minister are expected
to brief the media later in the evening.
Powell was met at Nepal's international airport by Foreign
Minister Arjun Singh, and a welcoming party of children in
traditional costume, bearing flowers.
He is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the
Himalayan country in more than three decades. Vice President
Spiro Agnew came to Nepal in 1971.
Powell's talks with Prime Minister Deuba are expected to
focus on the U.S.-led war on terrorism, the rising tensions in
south Asia and on Nepal's own crippling domestic problems.
Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has
witnessed an alarming upsurge in violence between government
forces and Maoist rebels who control large swathes of the
Nepal's government declared a state-of-emergency late last
year after the rebels stepped up their attacks on police and
army posts around the country.
The current crisis has further destabilised a country that
was still reeling from the tragic slaying of the old King
Birendra, his wife and many other family members by his
drunken son, Crown Prince Dipendra, who then took his own
Nepal, which relies on tourism for a large part of its
hard currency earnings, has seen a dramatic drop in visitors
because of the recent turmoil.
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