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Gen Naravane’s visit to Nepal will put back channel diplomacy to test, Lipukeh controversy to rest

Indian Army Chief, General M M Naravane will be on a crucial visit to Kathmandu, Nepal this week. A lot of back channel dialogues have taken place prior to this and the visit would put the same to test. During the visit, General Naravane will call upon Nepal’s Prime Minister, K P Oli and one could expect that the controversy over the road construction via Lipulekh will be laid to rest.

Officials tell OneIndia that General Naravane will be conferred the honorary rank of ‘General of the Nepal Army’ by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari during his visit, in continuation of an age-old tradition that first started in 1950, reflecting the strong ties between the two militaries.

India also confers the honorary rank of ‘General of Indian Army’ to the Nepal Army Chief. During his visit, Gen Naravane is scheduled to hold extensive talks with the top military brass of Nepal including his Nepalese counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, the officials said.

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