Kathmandu, Sep 17 (PTI) The US is committed to support Nepal in its progress toward peace and prosperity, President Donald Trump has said as he congratulated the Himalayan nation ahead of its Constitution Day.

Nepal celebrates the second anniversary of its promulgation of its constitution on September 19.

In a message sent to Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari yesterday, Trump said this is a great day for Nepali people and the people of US welcome this celebration of democracy in Nepal.

Thanking Nepali people for their commitment to the shared principles, Trump has reiterated “the US government’s support for Nepal’s continuing progress toward peace and prosperity.” Nepal’s Constituent Assembly promulgated its new constitution which was framed by the elected representative body for the first time in September 2015 despite sparking protests in the southern Nepal districts adjoining India.

“Since you last recognised this important day, Nepal has achieved important progress,” the US Embassy said in a statement.

The US president has lauded the efforts made by Nepal to accelerate post-earthquake reconstruction and to revive the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nepali citizens affected by the disaster.

“Your economy has improved remarkably and is poised for future growth,” it said.

“Most importantly, you have held the first local elections in 20 years a significant milestone for your democratic government.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.