China- Nepal First Joint Military Exercise Begins Today
Nepalese Army officer recieving PLA soldiers at Maharajganj
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 17 April 2017
The Nepal-China joint training ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’, a combined joint training between People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Nepalese Army (NA) commenced at Special Forces Brigade, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu on April 16, 2017.
Delivering the opening remarks, the chief guest of the opening ceremony Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Major General Binod Kumar Shrestha said ‘ the aim of this exercise is to promote military relations and enhance interoperability between Nepalese and Chinese special forces at functional level by placing emphasis on counter terrorism tactics, techniques and procedures’. He added ‘Chinese army is widely acknowledged for its professionalism, dedication and combat experience while Nepalese Army has gained many valuable lesson during its successful counter insurgency campaign in recent past and has a wealth of experience worth sharing.’ He expressed his confidence that the joint training will prove to be a great platform to learn and share each other’s knowledge and experiences.
Head of Directing Panel of PLA, Colonel YANG Shumeng, while delivered his remarks, siad ‘the cooperation between CPLA and Nepalese Army in dealing with the threat of terrorism serves the common interest of both countries.’ He believed that the joint training will enhance the mutual trust and confidence between two armies and promote bilateral cooperation.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Special Forces brigade commander Brigadier General Babu Krishna Karki welcomed all the participants.
The 10-day joint training, first of its kind, will focus on the tactics of counter insurgency and counter terrorism.
General Officers of NA, defense Attaché of China, officers of NA, instructors and participants from both the countries among others were present during the opening ceremony.
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