General Manoj Pande, the head of the Indian Army, will travel to Nepal on September 4 for a five-day official visit, during which he will meet in-depth with the nation’s top civil and military officials.
Gen. Pande will meet with Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba during his visit.
According to a news statement from the Army Headquarters, he will also meet with his Nepalese counterpart Gen. Prabhu Ram Sharma and deliver a number of non-lethal military supplies to the Nepal Army.
On September 5, President Bidya Devi Bhandari will bestow upon Gen. Pande the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army, according to Nepal Army sources.
It has long been customary for the army leaders of India and Nepal to visit each other and be given the honorary rank of general.
On the request of his Indian counterpart, Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Sharma visited India in November last year. During his visit, he was appointed honorary General of the Indian Army.
On April 30, Gen Pande took over as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff when Gen MM Naravane retired.
During his tour, he will also meet with student officers at the Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri in Kathmandu, as well as the Mid-Command Headquarters in Pokhara.
He will also pay his respects at the martyr’s memorial in Kathmandu’s Army Pavilion. On September 8, he would depart Kathmandu for New Delhi.
Nepal is vital for India in terms of its overall strategic interests in the area, and the two nations’ leaders have frequently referred to the age-old “Roti Beti” relationship.
Over 1850 kilometres of border are shared with five Indian states: Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Land-locked Nepal is significantly reliant on India for goods and services transportation. Nepal has access to the sea through India, and it imports the majority of its needs from and through India.