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In pics: Army Chief's crucial Nepal visit to ease ties amid border tension

The Nepali Army believes that exchange of such high-level visits and continuation of tradition helps in strengthening relations between the two armies

Indian Army | India Nepal ties | Manoj Mukund Naravane

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

A visit on official invitation

A visit on official invitation
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Bilateral talks between Army Chiefs of India and Nepal, General and General Purna Chandra Thapa, respectively, begin at Nepal Army Headquarters. Photo: ANI

Army chief Gen MM Naravane arrived in Nepal on Wednesday on a three-day crucial visit that is largely aimed at resetting the bilateral ties that came under severe strain following a bitter border row between the two countries. Gen Naravane is visiting Nepal with his wife Veena Naravane, the chairperson of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), at the official invitation of Nepal Army chief Gen Purna Chandra Thapa.

Strengthening relations

Strengthening relations
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Chief General inspects Guard of Honour at Nepal Army Headquarter. Photo: ANI

The Nepali Army believes that exchange of such high-level visits and continuation of tradition helps in strengthening relations between the two armies, contributing to enhancing the relationship between the two countries, reads a statement issued by the Nepal Army.

Engagements in Nepal

Engagements in Nepal
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Army Chief General presents medical equipment for two field hospitals of Nepal Army. It includes X-ray machines, ICU ventilators, Video Endoscopy units, anaesthesia machines and ambulances: Embassy of India in Kathmandu

His engagements in Nepal include a visit to the headquarters of the Nepalese Army, an address to the young military officers at Nepali Army's Staff College and attending a banquet to be hosted in his honour by Chief of Nepalese Army Gen Purna Chandra Thapa. He will hold formal talks with his Nepalese counterpart at the Nepal Army headquarters on Thursday. The Chief will be conferred with the honorary rank of General of Nepal Army by President Bidya Devi Bhandari amidst a special ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He will also pay a courtesy call on President Bhandari after the ceremony on Thursday. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Friday.

'Visit part of a larger exercise'

'Visit part of a larger exercise'
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Photo: ANI

India's decision to send the Army chief to Nepal to reset the ties is seen as part of a larger exercise by New Delhi to rejuvenate relations with Myanmar, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Afghanistan in the wake of greater efforts by China to expand its influence in the region.


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Revised map of Nepal. Photo: ANI

The ties between the two countries came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8. Nepal protested the inauguration of the road claiming that it passed through its territory. Days later, Nepal came out with the new map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura as its territories. After Nepal released the map, India reacted sharply, calling it a "unilateral act" and cautioning Kathmandu that such "artificial enlargement" of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it.

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First Published: Thu, November 05 2020. 13:28 IST