Army generals to attend seminar on security

N24 KATHMANDU: High-ranking army officials from Nepal, India and the US Pacific Command will participate in the three-day seminar planned for April 5.

The conference will also see participation of Nepali government officials working on disaster management, the UN, and defence attaches of SAARC countries in Kathmandu.

Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung will inaugurate the seminar where participants will chiefly discuss on ways to deal with a major earthquake in Kathmandu and its aftermath.

Indian Army chief General Vijaya Kumar Singh will also attend the three-day conference. He is scheduled to address the closing session of the conference scheduled for April 5.

During his stay, the Indian Army chief is scheduled to call upon President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar and his counterpart General Gurung.

Reports say that the Indian Army chief will also ink an agreement on military assistance to Nepal during the visit.

However, General Singh’s Nepal visit has already courted controversy in India as media reports claim that India’s Defense Ministry has scaled down his four-day trip to Nepal by half and also slashed the number of delegates in his team.

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