U.S. Embassy In Nepal To Review Visa Process Of Diversity Visa Applicants
AHN (All Headline News Agency)
April 16, 2007 10:56 a.m. EST
Ghanashyam Ojha – All Headline News South Asia Correspondent
Kathmandu, Nepal (AHN) – The United States embassy in Kathmandu has agreed to review the visa process of those Nepalis who were denied the Diversity Visa (DV).
As U.S. ambassador to Nepal James F. Moriarty said during a meeting with Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sahana Pradhan on Monday that the U.S. embassy will review the case of each applicant who was denied the DV, the protestors, who were on a fast-unto-death protest, withdrew their activities.
The Nepalis who were denied the DV were demanding that the U.S. embassy reimburse the loss incurred during the visa processing.
Following 106-day-long relay hunger strikes, they had staged a fast-onto-death protest at the U.S. embassy in Kathmandu.
A press statement issued by Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Nepal government and the U.S. embassy would jointly make an effort to resolve the issue of the protesters.
The statement also urged that the protest programs be called off.
Meanwhile, those denied the DV said the condition of six persons who were on the hunger strike was critical. They urged the Nepali government to immediately take care of those ailing protesters.