Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat in Capital

Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat in Capital

He will also be visiting Nepal where he will be conferred with the honorary title of "General of Nepal Army" by the country's president as per the long standing tradition.

General Rawat will be accompanied by his spouse, Madhulika Rawat, and a four-member delegation, said a press release of the High Commission of India yesterday. Gen Chhetri was conferred a similar honour by President Pranab Mukherjee in February 2016.

During his visit to Nepal and Bangladesh, General Rawat will be visiting several important military installations and will be meeting high-ranking dignitaries including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Chief of the Army Staff.

Such high-level exchange of visits between Nepal Army and the Indian Army will help deepening and expanding bilateral relations between the two armies, the statement added. During a special function, India gifted seven horses to Nepal.

The delegation will also visit Nepalese Army Mountain Warfare School at Jomsom and the Pension Paying office at Pokhra where the Indian Army chief, who is a Gorkha Rifles officer, will address the Indian Army ex-servicemen of Nepalese origin.

Rawat's trip to Nepal comes days after Chinese Defence Minister Gen Chang Wanquan visited the country.

The Indian army chief is in Nepal now to receive the honorary general title of Nepal Army, Himalayan Times reported.

Considering the importance of the bilateral relationship, General Bipin has chosen to visit Bangladesh in his first worldwide tour after being appointed the army chief on 1 January, 2017.



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