January 11, 2019 04:41 PM NPT
Admiral Philip S Davidson
KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Admiral Philip S Davidson, Commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, has returned home wrapping up his two-day official visit to Nepal.
Major General Gaurab Tandul bade him farewell at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
During his two-day Nepal visit, Davidson held discussions with Nepal Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa in a meeting at the army headquarters. According to Nepal Army spokesman Yam Prasad Dhakal, the meeting was a continuation of courtesy calls for enhancing relations between the two countries.
The US commander also paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel and visited the Birendra Peace Operations Training Center at Panchkhal.
US commander Davidson had come to Nepal on a two-day official visit yesterday.
During his recent meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali had requested the US to help upgrade the Panchkhal training center. At the meeting that was held at the political level in a gap of 17 years, the two leaders had discussed resolving legal hurdles to procure over 6,000 M-16 rifles from the US government.
Nepal’s procurement law requires that payments are made only on an installment basis but the US is asking for payment for the purchase in a lump sum.