KATHMANDU: Official talks between Nepali Army Chief General Purna Chandra Thapa and his Indian counterpart General MM Naravane have begun at the Army Headquarters in Bhadrakali.

Gen Naravane arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day visit at the formal invitation of CoAS Purna Chandra Thapa.

On Thursday, a contingent of the Nepali Army presented a guard of honour to the visiting Chief of the Army Staff at a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters. The Indian Army Chief inspected the guard of honour.

General Naravane then planted a pecan sapling on the Army Headquarters premises.

The two chiefs began bilateral talks after the official activities.

In the morning, the visiting general visited the Veer Smarak (Martyrs Memorial) at the Army pavilion, Tundikhel and offered tribute.

It has been learnt that the General would hand over medical equipment to the Nepali Army as per the agreement reached in the 13th meeting on exchange of security cooperation between the two countries.

Later today, President Bidya Devi Bhandari will confer the title of Honorary General of the Nepali Army to General Navarane. The title is being bestowed keeping with the tradition of the Nepali and the Indian Army of conferring the rank of Honorary General on each other’s the Chief of the Army Staff.

He is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

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