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Kuwait monarch seeks Nepali soldiers for security

world Updated: Mar 04, 2010 16:54 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Their valour and daredevilry have earned the Gurkha soldiers from Nepal lot of fans worldwide. And now the ruler of Kuwait-the oil rich west Asian nation wants them for his security.

Kuwait has requested the Nepal government for 200 serving Nepali soldiers who are to be employed in providing security to Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah-the ruling monarch.

The proposal has been forwarded by the Nepal embassy in Kuwait to the army headquarters through the foreign ministry. Reports say that the defence ministry has responded positively to the request.

The soldiers would have to be less than 35 years of age and served in the army for 12 to 15 years with specialized training on providing security to VVIPs.

"Kuwait has asked for some 150 to 200 incumbent soldiers as body guards. We are positive on that," the *Nagarik *daily quoted defence ministry spokesperson Sreedhar Prasad Pokhrel.

This is not the first time that services of Nepali soldiers have been sought by ruling families of oil-rich nations in Asia. There have been similar instances in the past as well.

Four years back 55 serving Nepali soldiers were given retirement and sent to United Arab Emirates to serve as guards at the palace of the country's ruler Sheikh Khalifa II bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.