Indo-Nepal joint military training exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ kicks off in Pithoragarh

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Updated 2021/11/08 at 2:34 PM

Surya Kiran, the 15th edition of the India-Nepal joint battalion-level military exercise, began on Monday in Pithoragarh. According to an Indian Army release, the fortnight-long drill would go till October 3.

The biennial drill, which alternates between India and Nepal, aims to share lessons learned from both nations’ counter-insurgency efforts.

Lt Gen SS Mahal, GOC Uttar Bharat Area, addressed the meeting on Monday and encouraged the contingents to train and build mutual trust, interoperability, and exchange best practises, according to an Army release.

“The recent top-level understandings established between the two forces are a promising indication for both the countries and their armies in terms of future cooperation,” Lt Gen Mahal added.

The 6th Garhwal Regiment is representing India in the joint exercise, while the Nepalese side is represented by the Ripu Daman battalion of the Nepali Army.

Around 650 people from both sides are taking part in the training to improve interoperability and exchange their counter-terrorism and disaster relief expertise, according to Lt Gen Mahal.

He went on to say that the training will also include humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as medical and aviation support.

 

Source: The Times of India

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