November 11, 2016 10:00 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Chief of Indian Army General Dalbir Singh has arrived in Nepal on a three-day visit to inspect the joint exercise--Surya Kiran-- that is underway in Saljhandi of Rupandehi district. Around 250 Indian Army soldiers from the Kumaon third battalion and an equal number from Nepal Army's Jabbar Jung Battalion are participating in the exercise.
The general visited Nepal on the invitation of his counterpart General Rajendra Chhetri.
According to NA's Directorate of Public Relations (DPR), General Singh called on his counterpart soon after his arrival in Kathmandu at NA Headquarters. During the talks, the two exchanged their views on military issues and bilateral relations between the two historic neighboring forces. They also expected to strengthen military and security ties between the two neighboring forces.
The Indian Army chief was accorded a guard of honor and the visiting general also offered garlands at martyrs memorial at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel. The General also paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Gen Singh is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday.
Exercise Surya Kiran series of military exercises are being conducted annually, alternatively conducted in Nepal and India. The military exercise is expected to be helpful in sharing experience and fighting together to counter regional security challenges among others.
The battalion-level joint training exercise had started on October 31 and will conclude on November 13 amidst a ceremony in the presence of the chiefs of the two armies.