The proposed visit of Indian Army chief General MM Naravane next month to Nepal had actually been cleared in February this year, but Covid came in the way, sources in the Nepalese government told TOI. Speaking about General Naravane’s visit — which is expected to take place sometime after Diwali — spokesperson of Nepali Army, Brigadier General Shantosh Ballave Poudyal told TOI, “Earlier, General Naravane was proposed to visit Nepal on February 3. The exact dates of his current visit are still being worked out between the two governments and we will come to know of the final dates shortly. During his visit, our president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari will confer General Naravane the honorary rank of the general of the Nepali Army.”
Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gayali, while saying that the foreign ministry has not yet received formal communication regarding General Naravane’s visit, said that he “personally felt that these engagements are positive developments.”
“Such visits will help strengthen bilateral ties between our two countries and will also help solve the issues that have cropped up,” he added.