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Cablegate: Nepal: Demarche Delivered On Financial Action Task

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR ISN/CPI MICHELLE NEW, T AND SCA/INS
TREASURY/TFFC FOR LADAN ARCHIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL MNUC ECON IR NP
SUBJECT: NEPAL: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON FINANCIAL ACTION TASK
FORCE STATEMENT ON IRAN

REF: SECSTATE 149648

Finance and Foreign Ministries Informed
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1. On November 2 and November 5, Emboff urged Finance
Secretary Vidyadhar Mallik and the Foreign Ministry's

SIPDIS
Americas section officer Leknath Bhattarai, respectively, to
encourage the Government of Nepal to take concrete actions to
follow up on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) statement
on Iran. Bhattarai promised to pass the information to the
West Asia and UN and International Organizations sections in
the MFA. Mallik said he would further review the
information.

Central Bank Enthusiastic
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2. On November 14, Keshav Raj Acharya and Ram Hari Neupane,
Director and Deputy Director of Nepal Rastra (Central) Bank's
Regulation Department for Bank and Financial Institutions,
enthusiastically expressed their support for the FATF
statement. Acharya and Neupane also responded positively to
the designations of Iranian entities and individuals as well
as three Saudi nationals (septels).
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