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Indian Army chief to visit Nepal

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

Bipin will pay a four-day visit to from February 11 and participate in the Day celebrations in Kathmandu, official sources said on Friday.

will witness the Day Parade on February 12 in Tundhikhel in the heart of An band has since arrived in the capital to participate in the parade.

"On the invitation of our Rajendra Chhetri, the will visit a day ahead of the Day. He will be among the guests, which includes Bidhya Devi Bhandari," said Spokesperson

The Indian of Staff is also the honorary of the Army, and hence he has been invited this year as a special guest, Bhandari said.

Apart from meeting with his counterpart, will call on Bhandari, Sher Bahadur Deuba, and other leaders.

The is a major import source for military stores for the

The two sides will discuss various aspects of military-to-military cooperation during Rawat's visit, which comes at a time when is getting ready for the formation a new government led by K.P. Oli, of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist.

The visit also comes at a time when two senior military officials from the and will be visiting

Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, of Staff (CGS) of the is currently visiting and has held talks with Chhetri.

Similarly, Commanding of the US in Pacific Robert B. Brown, will land in tonight (Friday) on a military mission.

After the Indian Army, the US is the biggest source of arms import for since long. The US also provides disaster-related assistance to the and helped during the earthquake in 2015.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 17:28 IST