17 July 2014
US Secretary State John Kerry met the Seven Summits Women Team in the Office of State Department in Washington DC.
Kerry congratulated the team and said the women team is inspirational. Regarding the team’s epic world travel he said, ‘I’m jealous’ adding he cannot manage time off work for something like that.
He enquired about the route details on Everest and shared that his daughter has been to the Everest Base Camp. The team extended invitation to Secretary Kerry to experience the Himalayan giants first-hand. He expressed that Nepal has long been his dream and he hopes to visit before the end of his term.
Charge de Affairs of Nepal Embassy to the US Rishi Ram Ghimire and US Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde were present at the meeting including high level officials from the department including US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell.
‘Kerry along with the State Deparment officials remarked that the team is inspirational and the world needs more examples like this, which is a great encouragement for us’ said Shailee Basnet, team coordinator.
The team is currently on a week-long exchange program with the State Department where they will be meeting high level government officials and non-profits working in the area of education, empowerment and environment. Prior to the event, the team was in Alaska climbing the 6th mountain of their mission, Mt Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Following the climb the team was invited as speakers at the Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto where the they addressed audience of over 15000 lions members. The team has been garnering great global attention and reaching international platforms in recent years resulting from their dedication of 7 years in pursuing the goal of 7 summits.
Link to State Department’s News- http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229425.htm