The Nepal Army will not participate in the first-ever joint military exercise of BIMSTEC nations in India next week, an aide of Prime Minister K P Oli said on Saturday, amid reports that the political parties in the country have expressed concern over the drill.
Aryal, however, did not give any details but indicated that the concerned ministry may issue a formal statement soon.
The government's decision came after strong criticism from different quarters, including influential leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party, The Kathmandu Post reported.
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
The military drill was dragged into controversy as no diplomatic or political level agreement was made before deciding to take part in the exercise.
Experts are also objecting to the drill saying there is no advantage to Nepal.