Pithorgarh, March 8: In order to strengthen Indo-Nepal relations and to enhance anti-terror cooperation, troops of Indian and Nepal army commenced a two-week-long joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran – XI’ at Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand on Tuesday. The joint exercise will conclude on 20th of March.
The Nepal Army is being represented by the officers and troops of the elite DURGA BAKSH Battalion while the EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab Regiment is participating on behalf of the Indian Army. As many as 600 Army jawans from India and Nepal are participating in a 14-day joint war exercise under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade of the Surya Command.
The Joint Battalion level exercise will enhance the defense cooperation and relations between the two nations. The exercise will also focus on other important aspects such as Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and environmental conservation. Notably, in the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Surya Kiran series with Nepal is the largest in terms of troop participation. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted annually, alternatively in Nepal and India.
Meanwhile, troops of Indian and Royal Army of Oman also commenced fourteen days joint exercise ‘AL NAGAH-II’ in Himachal Pradesh in order to strengthen bilateral relations between both the countries. However, the previous edition of the exercise was held in Muscat, Oman in 2015.