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Will continue defence ties with India: Nepal's Defence Minister

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

Nepal's new on Monday pledged to strengthen military and defence ties with

He made the remarks during a meeting with Indian Manjeev Singh Puri. said that Nepal-ties were "time tested" and thanked for providing various kinds of assistance to the Army for its capacity building, among others.

"My impression is that both the Defence Ministries of and India are very much eager to boost ties and work closely," said

Among other things, the upcoming 12th edition of Nepal-India military drills named Surya-Kiran, also figured in the meeting. India is hosting the joint military drill this time.

On his part, Puri highlighted the various facets of bilateral ties between the two countries which are "unique" and "special".

Puri appreciated the role of the in providing global peace and security and assured that Indian assistance to like imparting training, providing and other kind of assistance will continue.

Currently, there are 39 battalions serving in 7 Gorkha regiments in the The regiments comprise of both Indian and Nepali Gorkha soldiers. Also, there are about 90,000 pensioners in Nepal.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:24 IST