WASHINGTON The United States has revised its policy and is meeting with former Maoist rebels now in top positions in Nepal's new government.
But a senior U.S. official has a message for the former communist insurgents. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Evan Feigenbaum says that the degree to which the U.S. will work with them depends on how successfully they stay away from violence.
Nepal's newly elected Constituent Assembly is the culmination of a two-year peace process that saw the rebels transformed from feared insurgents into the country's dominant political force. The Maoists are on two U.S. terrorism blacklists.
But Feigenbaum told reporters Thursday that the U.S. is now working with the Maoists to try to encourage a stable, democratic and peaceful country. He traveled to the country this week.