Kathmandu, 4 November: Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane reached Kathmandu on Wednesday on a three-day visit to Nepal. At a time when India-Nepal relations are not good due to border dispute, Narwane’s visit is expected to strengthen relations between the two neighboring countries. Although his journey is routine, a statement on the border dispute in his May created controversy. Therefore, security officials are particularly careful in Kathmandu.
A senior Nepal Police official told IANS that the Nepal Army, Indian Embassy and other Nepal security agencies are keeping a close watch on the situation in Kathmandu. A security officer told IANS, “We are aware of these things and are keeping a close watch.” Due to security reasons, details of the visit to Narwane, the time of his arrival, the route for the visit to the President’s office and the Prime Minister’s residence, including other details have not been disclosed.
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According to the official, a large number of policemen in plain clothes have been deployed in Kathmandu in view of the possible protest. Police has also taken some suspects into custody. A day before his visit, Narwane said in a statement on Tuesday that he is happy for his upcoming visit at the invitation of Nepal Army Chief General Purna Chandra Thapa. He said, I am sure that this journey will go a long way in strengthening the friendship of both the armies.
The main events of his program include paying tribute to the martyr memorial at the Army Pavilion, receiving the Guard of Honor at the Army Headquarters, holding an official meeting with General Thapa and addressing students of the Army Command and Staff College at Shivapuri in Kathmandu. According to the official statement, during this special visit on Thursday, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari Narwane will be honored with the honor of the post of Honorary General of the Nepalese Army.
Nepal and India have a historical tradition of giving honorary degrees to each other’s army chiefs since 1950. After placing the disputed areas in his new political map, General Narwane is the most senior Indian official to visit Nepal after the border dispute between the two countries since last November. Nepal protested after opening a new route connecting Mansarovar in the state of Uttarakhand as the new road is at a triangular turn between Nepal, India and China.