By Col NB Saxena

New Delhi. 11 November 2016. Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, is on a visit to Nepal . The visit assumes special significance in the light of India’s special relationship with Nepal, underpinning India’s priorities in maintaining friendly relations in the region.

The close ties of both the armies can be viewed in light of the unique tradition of honouring each other’s Chiefs of Army Staff with the Honorary rank of ‘General’. Presence of large number of Nepali Gorkha troops in Indian Army is also worth mentioning.

Upon his arrival at the Nepal Army Headquarters, the Indian Army chief was accorded a Guard of Honour. During the visit he paid a courtesy call to President of Nepal and interacted with the Chief of the Army Staff of Nepalese Army. He is also scheduled to meet the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal during his ongoing visit. Gen Dalbir Singh will also be witnessing EX-SURYA KIRAN-X, a joint training exercise between Indian and Nepalese Armies being conducted at Saaljhandi, Nepal.