Indian army chief to visit Nepal from Monday

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KATHMANDU, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) — Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat will be arriving in Kathmandu for a three-day visit on Monday, the Nepalese Army Headquarters said here.

The Indian Army Chief will be the Special Guest during a ceremony to be organized by the Nepalese Army to mark the Nepalese Army Day at Tundikhel on February 13 in the heart of the capital.

“The serving Indian Army chief also serves as the honorary chief of the Nepal Army and vice-versa. Gen. Rawat is arriving here as a special guest during the function to be marked Nepalese Army Day celebrations,” read a press statement issued by the Nepalese Army Headquarters in Kathmandu.

Besides from holding a meeting with his Nepali counterpart, the Indian army chief will meet Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, and Defense Minister Bhimsen Das Pradhan during his stay in Nepal.

The Nepalese Army is organizing various programs to mark its 250th founding anniversary this year, the statement said.

“This type of high-level exchange of visits at the top military level is expected to bolster age-old cordial military-to-military and bilateral ties between the two countries through military diplomacy,” the statement further said.