Indian Army Chief to embark on a visit to Nepal amid row over map

Next month, in the first week, Indian Army Chief General M. M. Naravane will embark on a visit to Nepal. This will be the maiden high-level visit from India to Nepal since ties between the two neighbours came under strain after the map row.

The Himalayan nation came up with a new political map in May this year in which it claimed several areas in Uttarakhand to be part of its territory.

An official said, “The Chief of Army Staff will travel to Nepal early next month. The dates of his visit are being finalised.” In continuation of an age-old tradition that first started in 1950, General Naravane will be conferred the honorary rank of “General of the Nepal Army” by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari during his visit, reflecting the strong ties between the two militaries, the officials added.

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