Nepal Army Chief Calls on Gen. Bajwa, Discuss Regional Security Situation

Earlier in March, Prime Minister Khakan Abbasi paid a rare two-day visit to Khatmandu

May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Nepal’s Army Chief, Gen Rajendra Chhetri called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting matters of mutual interest including military to military relations, regional security situation and measures to improve bilateral relations were discussed.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s sincere efforts and sacrifices in war against terrorism and for stability in the region.

The Nepalese Army chief is in Pakistan on a three-day visit to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries specially counter-terrorism.

Earlier on arrival at GHQ, Nepalese Army Chief, laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented the Guard of Honor to the Nepalese Army Chief.

PM Abbasi’s Visit to Nepal in March

Earlier in March, Prime Minister Khakan Abbasi paid a two-day rare visit to Khatmandu.

Abbasi was the first high-level foreign dignitary to visit Nepal after the formation of the new government, led by Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to enhance cooperation in key areas of trade, education, economy, culture and defense.

Ways of invigorating SAARC as an important regional organization was also discussed. The 19th SAARC Summit was supposed to take place in Islamabad in November 2016, but it was canceled after India refused to participate in the conference.

Nepal, as the current chair of SAARC, shoulders some of the responsibility for organizing the SAARC summit. Pakistan has taken a firm position that the summit must take place in Islamabad, and India must participate. It is not clear when the next conference will take place.

Abbasi’s landing in Kathmandu on March 5, marked the first official visit by a Pakistani head of the government in over two decades. The last Pakistani prime minister to visit Nepal on a bilateral basis was Benazir Bhutto in 1994. The heads of government for both countries have traveled to each other’s capitals to participate in past SAARC summits — former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had visited Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC Summit in 2014 — but purely bilateral visits are rare, commented The Diplomat.

Some Indian media portrayed Abbasi’s visit as “unusual” and others went further, viewing it as a “China-led move to corner India in the region,”the news analysis said, adding, “The Pakistani prime minister’s visit took place at a time when India and China are competing for influence in Nepal.”

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