Chinese envoy transferred, new US envoy sworn-inKathmandu will soon see two new high-profile ambassadors from China and the United States.
Hou Yanqi, the current Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, has been transferred to look after ASEAN nations, in place of Deng Xijun, a diplomatic source told the Post. The headquarters of the ASEAN is in Indonesia.
The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has already informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that ambassador Hou is going to complete her tenure in October-end.
We have received a communication that she is going to complete her term in October-end, a senior foreign ministry official said, but the Chinese side is yet to name a successor. Hou had assumed office in Kathmandu in December 2018. It is undetermined if she will move immediately after completing her tenure or wait till November elections.
Similarly, Dean Thompson was sworn-in as new Nepal ambassador in Washington DC on Friday. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman administered the oath to ambassador Thompson, according to the State Department.
Congrats @State_SCA’s Dean Thompson for being sworn-in by @DeputySecState as the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, said the State Department, adding, with more than 25 years of @StateDept experience, particularly in South Asia, he will further grow U.S.-Nepal relations for the benefit of our peoples.
The incumbent ambassador Randy Berry will soon leave after completing his four-year term. Berry has been recommended as the US Ambassador for Namibia.