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Army chief made honorary General of Nepal Army

world Updated: Dec 22, 2010 17:50 IST
Utpal Parashar

Continuing a tradition of friendship between both armies, Indian Army Chief General VK Singh was decorated with the honorary rank of General of Nepal Army on Wednesday.

President Ram Baran Yadav, the Supreme Commander of Nepal Army, conferred the honour to General Singh at a brief function held at Shital Niwas, the official residence of the Nepal President.

General Singh is the second Indian army chief to be decorated with the honour this year. In January, his predecessor General Deepak Kapoor had been accorded a similar rank.

Decorating the chiefs of each other’s armies with the highest rank is a tradition that’s been followed by Nepal and India since 1950 when former Indian army chief General KM Cariappa visted Nepal.

In December last year, Chief of Nepal Army, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, was also made an honorary General of the Indian army by President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi.

Earlier General Singh met caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and defence minister Vidya Devi Bhandari and assured them of military assistance if Nepal makes such request.

The Prime Minister assured that Nepal will not allow its soil to be used for anti-India activities. India has maintained that infiltration of terrorists through the open border is a reason for concern.

India is the biggest provider of military assistance to Nepal, but since signing of the peace deal in 2006 after end of a 10 year civil war, the latter has not asked for assistance from its southern neighbour.

General Singh, who is on a four day visit to Nepal, would leave for New Delhi on Thursday.