Indian Army Chief General on a visit to Nepal

Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army, General MM Naravane arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a three-day official visit to Nepal, on the invitation of General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of Army Staff, Nepali Army. General MM Naravane was received at the airport by Lieutenant General Prabhu Ram Sharma, CGS Nepali Army and officials of the Indian Embassy. 

General MM Naravane. Image credit: DD News

In a ceremony Thursday morning, General MM Naravane laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at Army Pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. He thereafter visited the Nepali Army Headquarters where he was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.

This was followed by a meeting with his counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa, during which both delegations discussed Army-to-Army relations and enhancing bilateral defence cooperation. He was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army. 

On behalf of the Government of India, General MM Naravane presented medical equipment for two field hospitals of the Nepali Army. The equipment includes X-Ray machines, computed radiography systems, ICU ventilators, video endoscopy units, anesthesia machines, laboratory equipment and ambulances.

Additional ventilators were also gifted to assist Nepali Army in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic. This follows an earlier army-to-army provision of ventilators in July this year. Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Naravane started his three-day Nepal tour by visiting religious places on Wednesday.

General Naravane went to Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square and worshipped Living Goddess "Kumari" and later toured around Basantapur Durbar Square along with his spouse Veena Naravane. Later, while touring around the ancient palace of the Himalayan Nation, General Naravane was briefed about temples and other structures standing tall in and around the UNESCO World Heritage Site which once housed kings before the unification of Nepal. General Naravane would be conferred the rank of Honorary General of the Nepali Army by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari Thursday afternoon at  an investiture ceremony to be held at Sheetal Niwas. General Naravane will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Thapa  and he will join a dinner to be hosted by the Nepali Army Chief. On Friday, General Naravane will deliver a lecture at Nepal Army Staff and Command College in Shivapuri, where senior Nepal Army officers will be present.

Source: DD News