Tuesday, July 10, 2012


New Delhi: Asadha 19, 1934
Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh proceeded on a goodwill visit to Nepal from 10 to 13 Jul 2012. The visit assumes special significance in the light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries and our growing bilateral relationship with Nepal.

There have been a series of high level visits between the two countries to build up trust and mutual confidence. Both sides have indicated a desire to work towards building a mutually beneficial Defence Cooperation.

India has maintained strong diplomatic relations with Nepal. The friendship between the two countries is based on common ideals and principles arising from a significant legacy of social and cultural commonality. Traditional linkages of the two Armies and Defence Cooperation have been important tools towards cementing this friendship.

Sustained cooperation between the two armies is ongoing in the fields of training, visits, equipment cooperation and miscellaneous mutually beneficial activities.

The General will visit various Nepal Army training establishments. The General is scheduled to interact with Nepalese President, the Prime Minister, COAS and various other dignitaries. 

Discussions on enhancing defence cooperation in the fields of training/courses, UN Peace Keeping, disaster management, sports, adventure activities and defence industry cooperation are likely during this visit.

As per a time-honoured tradition, the General will be conferred Honorary rank of General of the Nepalese Army at a special investiture ceremony by the President of Nepal as per traditions in vogue. The COAS, Nepal Army was conferred the Hony rank of General of the Indian Army by the President of Indian in Dec 2009.

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