The United States Embassy celebrated 70 years of US-Nepal bilateral relationship at a function in Kathmandu on December 13, 2017.
On the occasion, the US Embassy organized a half-day symposium that highlighted the role played by the Government of United States towards the development of Nepal.
The symposium witnessed a participation of over 250 academics, journalists and researchers, and saw discussions on a wide range of issues related to trade enhancement, collaboration in scientific research to address public health and fight human trafficking.
The history of US-Nepal bilateral ties dates back to November 16, 1945, the day George R Merrell, the first US official, visited Nepal.
Merrel, who was then the Chargé d’Affaires at New Delhi, presented the Legion of Merit to then Nepal Prime Minister Padma Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana recognizing the role played by Nepali Gurkha soldiers in the British Army during the World War II.
Further on April 25, 1947, both the countries signed an Agreement of Commerce and Friendship in Kathmandu.