Indian Army Chief General Naravane to visit Nepal

Army Chief Gen M M Naravane will begin a crucial three-day visit to Nepal from today. Naravane’s visit is largely aimed at resetting relations with the Himalayan nation after the ties came under severe strain following a bitter border row. Gen Naravane is visiting Nepal at the official invitation of Nepal Army chief Gen Purnachandra Thapa. The Chief of Army Staff is scheduled to call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, besides holding talks with several other civilian and military leaders during the visit. Indian Embassy spokesperson Naveen Kumar said Gen Naravane’s visit “will deepen the long-standing and customary bonds of friendship between the two armies”. “His visit will provide an opportunity for both sides to discuss the bilateral defence partnership and explore avenues to further strengthen it for mutual benefit.”
The Indian Army chief will also gift an ambulance and medical equipment for a mobile field hospital to be operated by the Nepal Army. He will also hold interaction with senior officials at the Nepal Army headquarters.

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