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Nepal Army chief to arrive in India on Friday on six-day visit

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

will travel to on Friday on a six-day visit during which he will hold talks with top officials, including his Indian counterpart, and receive the title of honorary of the

Thapa, who took charge of the Army on August 9, is visiting at the invitation of his Indian counterpart General - his first international tour since assuming office.

Similar to the practice followed by Nepali prime ministers, there is a tradition in the Army that sees its chiefs make their first international destination after taking command of the defence force.

General will be handed over the insignia of the of the by at a function to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, according to a press release.

It is a customary practice between the two neighbouring nations to award the honorary title to each other's The practice of exchanging the title of has been going on since 1950.

In July last, General Rawat was in Nepal to receive the similar honour from Nepal's

During his six-day stay in India, General will hold talks with his Indian counterpart and also meet Nirmala Sitaraman, and other top officials.

General Thapa will lead a seven member delegation of the He will also visit South-Western Command, and Central Command,

Such types of high-level visits will help strengthen age old ties between the two armies, the press release added.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:00 IST