Nepal Army chief Purna Chandra Thapa to visit India today

Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff, Purna Chandra Thapa will begin his four-day India visit on Saturday during which he will hold wide-ranging talks with top brass of the Indian Army with an aim to further expand bilateral military cooperation. 

Thapa along with his seven-member team is visiting India on the invitation of Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat.

This will be Thapa’s first official bilateral visit after taking over the command of the Nepal Army. 

Based on an age-old tradition existing between the armies of both countries, the Nepal Army Chief is being conferred with the Honorary Rank of ‘General of Indian Army’ by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

During the visit General Thapa will be interacting with senior Indian Army hierarchy and shall be visiting formations based at Jaipur and Lucknow.

The visit symbolises the deep-rooted military to military ties and shall be a platform to further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two armies.