On his three-day visit to Nepal, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has gifted medical equipment including X-ray machines, computed radiography systems, ICU ventilators, video endoscopy units and anesthesia machines, for two field hospitals of the Nepali Army.
Additional ventilators were also gifted to assist the Nepali Army in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
General Naravane arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a three-day official visit to Nepal, on the invitation of Nepali counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa.
General MM Naravane was received at the airport by Lieutenant General Prabhu Ram Sharma, CGS Nepali Army and officials of the Indian Embassy.
In a ceremony on Thursday, General MM Naravane laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at Army Pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. He thereafter visited the Nepali Army Headquarters where he was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.
Nepal and India have a tradition of conferring highest rank to chief of each other’s militaries since 1950 after then Indian Army Chief General KM Cariappa visited Nepal.
This was followed by a meeting with his counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa, during which both delegations discussed Army-to-Army relations and enhancing bilateral defense cooperation. He was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army.
On Friday, Naravane will deliver a lecture at Nepal Army Staff and Command College in Shivapuri, where senior Nepal Army officers will be present. Before wrapping up his three-day sojourn, the Indian Army chief will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is also the country’s defense minister at present.