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USA Shares Ideals, Values and Views with Nepal PM and Dalai Lama

By Ravi Sodhi
  Kathmandu, Nepal      May 17 2017

Mrs. Pelosi. To her right is Alanna Teplitz, the US Ambassador. Judging by the shape of the table, this was on US turf, not Nepali. Mrs. Pelosi is continuing the USA emphasis on Human Rights and inclusiveness.

 

Last week, a U.S. bipartisan Congressional delegation, led by Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi,  visited Nepal, it’s PM and the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in Dharmsala, India. The delegation visited Nepal, India, Belgium and Germany, with a focus on bilateral and multilateral relations, global economy, human rights and national security.
 
On May 4th, Delegation leader, Nancy Pelosi stated; “Our bipartisan delegation travels at a vital time in the U.S. relationship with India, Nepal and our NATO partners.” The delegation through its meetings looked forward to meetings “on how we can strengthen our economic and security relationships, as well as addressing challenges ranging from regional Russian aggression to global human rights.”
 
Nepal will hold elections in two phases May 14th and June 14th.  The visit took place at a time when Nepal and the US are marking the 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations this year. The visit also marks the importance the US attaches to its relations to Nepal, a senior foreign ministry official said.
 
Delegation members visited Karkhana Entrepreneurship, a USAID-supported facility that offers educational opportunities for girls and young women who are seeking to become Nepal’s next generation of entrepreneurs.  The Delegation also championed bilateral trade & political stability with the President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister in Nepal. The visit to Dharmsala with the 81 year old Dalai Lama sends a strong message to the Tibetan people that the United States care deeply about Tibet, and it also reminds China that as long as the Tibetan issue remains unresolved, the international community will continue to put the spotlight on it.
 
Our bipartisan delegation visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in a spirit of faith and peace. They came to be inspired by His Holiness and demonstrate our commitment to the Tibetan people, to their faith, their culture and their language. While Chinese officials and citizens can freely travel to the United States, American citizens wishing to visit Tibet do not enjoy a similar access. The premise of the bill is if China continues to deny access to American citizens into Tibet.
 
Upon return, delegation leader Pelosi shared their trip “was one that revealed certain truths, to us. I considered the trip constructive, bridge-building, and we want to continue building that bridge through reconciliation and clearer understanding. Other highlights include:
 
 
US Ambassador in Nepal
 
Ambassador Teplitz is a career diplomat with the State Department, having been in Afghanistan prior to this current posting.   Alaina B. Teplitz, a career Foreign Service officer, was nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to Nepal in March, 2015.  Teplitz went on to Georgetown University where she earned a B.A. in Foreign Service and joined the State Department in 1991.
 
Her first overseas assignment was as the first economic office in the U.S. embassy in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Other early postings include Tirana, Albania; and Sydney, Australia.
 
Much of Teplitz’s career has been in administration, including stints as special assistant to the assistant secretary for administration and as a program analyst in the Bureau of Administration.
 
She was also a management counselor at the embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh and was deputy director of the Joint Administrative Services for three U.S. missions—the U.S. mission to NATO, the U.S. mission to the European Union, and the embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
 
In August 2007, Teplitz began passing on her expertise to others as she made director of the Management Training Division of the Foreign Service Institute. She gained more experience with South Asia beginning in 2009 as deputy executive director of the joint executive office of the Near East and South and Central Asia Bureaus with responsibility for South and Central Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
Like most other Foreign Service officers, she had a tour in Afghanistan, beginning in 2011 as minister counselor for management in the U.S. embassy in Kabul. She returned home in the fall of 2012 and was made director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation.
 
Much of her work was with information technology systems, getting IT policies in international outposts to mesh with those prescribed by Washington, and other efforts at standardization to make the systems more efficient. Part of her mandate was also to look for cost-savings by contracting out some jobs and ensuring that missions were not overstaffed.