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Indian Army Chief to visit Nepal

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KATHMANDU (PTI): Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh will embark on a five-day visit to Nepal on July 10 to step up bilateral military cooperation.

During the visit, Singh will call on President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. He will also hold bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, Nepal Army said in a statement on Sunday.

The President will confer on him honorary army general's title at a special function in Rastrapati Bhawan.

Singh will visit Birendra Peace Works Training Centre at Panchkhal in Kavre district in the east of Kathmandu and also inspect Nepal Army's high altitude army training centre at Mustang district near Tibet border in western Nepal.

The Indian army chief will also pay a visit to Lumbini, the famous Buddhist pilgrimage and birth place of Lord Buddha in western Nepal.

He will also inspect the pension camp of Indian ex-servicemen in Pokhara and address Nepal Army's officers at a function at Military Command and Staff College at Shivapuri before wrapping up the visit.

Singh's predecessor Gen V K Singh had visited Nepal in April.

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