Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane to visit Nepal


Defence News: At a time when India-Nepal bilateral relations have been facing difficulty due to a boundary dispute that erupted last year, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will visit the neighbouring country in November, Nepal Army said in a statement.

India and Nepal are at loggerheads over construction of roads in border areas, which Nepal also claims as its own. This year Nepal protested opening of a border road in state of Uttarakhand that terminates at India-Nepal-China tri-junction.

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Nepal’s criticism of opening of the border road by India, prompted General MM Naravane to observe that perhaps a third force, an indirect reference to China, was behind the protest by Nepal.

In a tit-for-tat response, Nepal approved a new political map which shows some of the areas claimed by Nepal.

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Though the dates of his visit are yet to be fixed by both sides, top Nepal government officials told media that the visit could take place from November 3 at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart, General Purna Chandra Thapa.

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