Nepal Army chief leaves for a five-day visit to India
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff, Purna Chandra Thapa, on Friday has left for his five-day visit to India, where he will hold talk with top officials and will also receive the honorary chief title of the Indian Army.
The Nepal Army Chief is visiting India, with his seven-member team, on the invitation of his Indian counterpart General Bipin Rawat.
President Ram Nath Kovind will hand the insignia to Thapa during an investiture ceremony at his official residence in New Delhi on Saturday, according to sources.
It has been like a custom between two countries, where just like Nepali Prime Ministers, Nepal Army Chiefs also make New Delhi their first international destination after taking command of the defense force. The two countries also award honorary titles to each other’s army chiefs.
Thapa is scheduled to meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, among other top officials.
Thapa will also visit the Army’s Jaipur-based South-western Command and Lucknow-based Central Command, as per Nepal Army spokesperson Brig Gen Yam Dhakal.