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Nepal-India military ties boosted after Army Chief's visit

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Nepal Army Chief Gen. Gaurav Shumsher Rana interacting with Indian Army Chief Gen. Bikram Singh during his official visit to New Delhi on June 11. A Nepal Army photo

KATHMANDU (PTI): Nepal on Monday said military-to- military cooperation with India has been deepened after the visit of its Army Chief Gen. Gaurav Shumsher Rana who held wide ranging talks with the Indian military leadership in New Delhi.

Rana, who returned to Kathmandu on Monday after concluding a five day official visit to India, held talks with senior army officers of India including Chief of Indian Army, Gen. Bikram Singh.

During the meeting matters relating to bilateral cooperation and security concerns were mainly figured, according to Nepal Army headquarters.

They also discussed about the bilateral cooperation and exchange of training programmes between the armies during the meetings.

He also held separate meetings with Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha and Navy Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba.

"Such types of high level visit by the military leadership will further deepen and strengthen existing bilateral cordial relations between the two countries and help in strengthening and expanding relations between the two armies," said the Nepal Army headquarters.

During his visit, Rana attended the concluding ceremony of Officer Level Basic Training conducted in Indian Military Academy in Dehradun as Chief Reviewing Officer.

He inspected Indian Military Academy and met Commandant Lt Gen Manvender Singh and discussed about matters of mutual interest and exchange of training programmes.

He also inspected Research and Referral Hospital and National Defence College of the Indian Army and was briefed about different aspects of the hospital and the college.

Rana also visited formation and units of the Uttar Bharat area under the central command of the Indian Army.

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