Tuesday, September 21, 2021

India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ kicks off in Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh: The 15th edition of the India-Nepal combined battalion-level military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ commenced at Pithoragarh on Monday. The fortnight-long exercise will continue till October 3, a statement from the Indian Army said.

The biannual exercise – which takes place alternately in both countries -- is aimed at sharing experiences gained during the conduct of various counter- insurgency operations by both India and Nepal.

At the opening ceremony on Monday, Lt Gen SS Mahal, GOC Uttar Bharat Area “addressed the gathering and exhorted the contingents to train and strengthen mutual confidence, inter-operability and also to share best practices,” the Army statement said.

“The understandings developed between the two armies at the top level recently are an encouraging sign for both the nations and their armies for further cooperation,” Lt Gen Mahal said.

The Indian side in the joint exercise is being represented by the 6th Garhwal Regiment, while the Nepalese side is being represented by Ripu Daman battalion of Nepali Army.

The training will also focus on humanitarian aid and disaster relief including medical and aviation support, he added.

21/09/21 Times of India

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