It would be first time when women soldiers of Nepalis Army will join Indo-Nepal joint battalion level exercise Surya-Kiran starting from Wednesday at Pithoragarh.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Nepal, joint military exercise between two countries has created better environment for even better relationships.
Over 300 soldiers from both countries will share their experiences gained during conduct of various counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in the past. The exercise will pave way for better coordination between armies of both countries in disaster management, anti-terrorism operations and strengthen the bi-lateral relations between two nations.
Defence sources said that in opening ceremony tomorrow commander of Panchshul Brigade Brigadier Rajan Malik will inaugurate the Surya Kiran XIII at Maitri ground in Pithoragarh. Brigadier Malik will address the candidates of joint military exercise followed by a drill and equipment display exercise. Indian army is being represented by the 13 battalion the Jammu and Kashmir rifles which is highly decorated and accomplished unit.
Exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ is a biannual event which is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India. Notably in the series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries, Exercise Surya Kiran with Nepal is the largest in terms of troop participation.
The aim of this exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. During the exercise, aspects of disaster management and requirement of joint and concerted effort towards relief work have also been included.