Quid pro quo
When Washington approached Nepal – and 19 other countries, including neighboring India – with a specific request last August, a cabinet minister in King Gyanendra’s hand-picked government made a public announcement at an interaction with media persons. “It is under consideration,” said the minister, Kamal Thapa, hinting that the chance of it being declined was remote.
Indeed, Nepal immediately dispatched two army officers to Florida in the US to pave the way for the eventual deployment of Nepali soldiers in Iraq. [Asia Times]
Nepal was hoping to get US support in its struggle against Maoist rebels. Both India and China are wary of American involvement in Nepal, and King Gyanendra needs to play his cards very carefully indeed.