Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh arrived in Nepal on Friday on a three-day official visit aimed at boosting military and security ties between the two sides.
Singh is visiting at the invitation of his Nepalese counterpart General Rajendra Chhetri, and the trip comes close on the heels of a visit by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee last week.
Soon after his arrival, Singh held talks with Chhetri at the Nepal Army Headquarters. The two army chiefs discussed a wide range of military and security issues and various matters of bilateral interest.
Singh was accorded a guard of honour by a contingent from the Nepalese Army at the headquarters. Earlier, he laid a wreath at the "Veer Smarak" at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel.
He is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”.
Singh and Chhetri will also inspect the Nepal-Indo joint training exercise "Surya Kiran X", being held at a battle school at Saljhandi in Rupandehi. The battalion-level exercise began on October 31 and will end on November 13. This is the tenth joint exercise between the two countries.
The Surya Kiran series of exercises are held annually, alternatively in Nepal and India. It is also the largest drill in which Nepalese troops participate.
The Indian Army’s Kumaon Regiment and the Jabar Jung Battalion of the Nepal Army are participating in this year’s edition of the exercise, which is focussed on countering terrorism in mountainous terrain. “The exercise will be yet another step towards taking the traditional friendship between the two nations to greater heights,” an official statement said.