An infantry battalion level joint exercise between Indo-Nepal Armies code named SURYA KIRAN-XI is scheduled to be held at Pithoragarh beginning 07 to 20 March 2017. Both the armies will practice counter insurgency drills during the exercise.
SURYA KIRAN is conducted every year, alternatively in India and Nepal, with an aim to promote military relations while increasing interoperability in conducting joint counter insurgency operations in mountainous terrain. Both armies stand to benefit mutually from each other’s experience in fighting insurgency, environmental conservation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) etc.
Such mutual interactions, which include sharing of experiences, have the potential to further strengthen cultural and historical ties between the two nations and take the bilateral relations forward. Present iteration of the SURYA KIRAN exercise is being conducted under the aegis of Panchshul Brigade in Surya Command.
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