Indian Army Chief meets Nepali counterpart, hands over medical equipment

Nepal Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa (r) during a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Manoj Mukund Naravane, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Photo: Indian Embassy in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, November 5

Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is on an official Nepal visit currently, held a meeting with his Nepali counterpart, General Purna Chandra Thapa, on Thursday.

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu says both delegations discussed military relations between the two countries and enhancing bilateral defence cooperation during the meeting. Meanwhile, Naravane was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army.

On the occasion, the guest also handed over some medical equipment to the Nepal Army for its Covid-19 response at two field hospitals operated by the army. The assistance includes X-ray machines, computed radiography systems, ICU ventilators, video endoscopy units, anaesthesia machines, laboratory equipment and ambulances. Additional ventilators were also gifted to assist the Nepal Army in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic, according to the embassy statement.

Before the meeting, General Naravane had gone to the Army Pavillion in Tundikhel and laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Samarak (Martyrs’ Memorial) and received a guard of honour at the Nepal Army Headquarters.

Naravane is scheduled to get conferred the honorary rank of Nepal Army General by President Bidya Devi Bhandari this afternoon, which is the primary objective of his visit.

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