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

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

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

The Indian Army is a major import source for military stores for the

The two sides will discuss various aspects of military-to-military cooperation during General Rawat's visit, which comes at a time when Nepal 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 Nepal.

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

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

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

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