Source: News Bharati English14 Apr 2017 12:51:48

Kathmandu, April 14: To strengthen bilateral relations, Nepal Army and the People’s Liberation Army of China will hold joint military drills ‘Sagarmatha Frienship-17’ for the first time in Kathmandu from April 16 to 25. Notably, China has pledged a grant assistance of Rs 3.04 billion to strengthen the Nepal Army in disaster management and equip it for the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

According to the Nepal Army, the joint exercise is being organised between the armies of the two neighbouring countries considering possible security challenges triggered by terrorism. The army has been organising bilateral and multi-lateral training programmes, seminars and drills in course of expanding its military relations based on Nepal’s foreign and security police.

Military and diplomatic relations are expected to get expanded and further strengthened besides increasing military knowledge and professional ability through the drill, the Nepal Army added. It is to be known that Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mt Everest that is bordering between Nepal and China.

The statement further reads that such kind of multilateral and bilateral training slots and exercises will provide opportunities to both the armies in exchanging their professional skills, boosting their capability and further strengthening the diplomatic and military ties between the two nations.

Meanwhile, The Nepal army which wants to double its presence in the UN peacekeeping mission from around 5,000 at present is struggling to manage equipment. The doubling effort is expected to cost around Rs 7 billion as the Nepal army has to prepare the troops to deploy them in war-hit countries.