Army chief meets Nepal PM, reiterates long-standing relationship

Kathmandu (NVI): Army Chief General MM Naravane today called on Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli and reiterated India’s long-standing relationship with the neighbouring country, amidst strained ties between the two countries over border issues recently.

During his meeting with the Nepal PM, Gen Naravane assured him of further defence cooperation. He also conveyed the best wishes of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Oli and the people of Nepal.

The COAS also expressed his personal gratitude for the warm hospitality extended Nepal during his visit.

Both sides also exchanged views on the extensive bilateral partnership between India and Nepal, the Indian Embassy in Nepal said.

Gen Naravane reaffirmed that he would work to further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two countries. Earlier in the day, Naravane visited Nepali Army Command and Staff College at Shivapuri and addressed the students and staff there.

As the last stop before concluding his tour, The Army Chief visited the Indian Embassy where he was briefed about the welfare activities being carried out for roughly over two lakh thirty thousand Indian Army veterans and their families in Nepal.

During the visit, Gen Naravane also presented a welfare grant to Havildar Dil Bahadur Chhettri (Retired), a winner of Maha Vir Chakra, the second-highest gallantry award of India.

General Naravane has completed a successful and productive three-day visit to Nepal and departed to India later this afternoon.

Naravane had arrived in Kathmandu Wednesday on a three-day visit to Nepal and met his Nepali counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa yesterday.

-ARK