Nepalese and Indian Armies Develop Closer Ties
Posted by n3wday on January 4, 2010
This article was published on Nepal News on January 1, 2009.
Indian Foreign Minister, Army chief to visit Nepal in Jan
Indian Minister for External Affairs S.M Krishna will be visiting Nepal from January 15-17, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.
During his three-day visit, Minister Krishna is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala including senior government officials and leaders of main political parties.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army General Deepak Kapoor will be visiting Nepal from January 21-23, the Ministry said. The Indian Army chief is arriving on the official visit of Nepal at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart, Gen. Chattraman Singh Gurung.
Reports quoted a top military source as saying that President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will confer the Honorary Rank of General of Nepal Army to the Indian Army chief during the latter’s visit.
During his stay, Kapoor is scheduled to hold talks with PM Nepal, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari, Army chief Gurung including top military and security officials. Nepal Army chief Chattraman Singh Gurung was conferred with the Honorary Rank of General of the Indian Army by Indian President Pratibha Patil on December 14.
Nepal and India follow a six-decade long tradition whereby the Indian and Nepali Army honor each other’s army chiefs with the title of honorary general.