HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: India has reiterated its commitment to continue its support for the upgradation and modernisation of Nepali security forces by making available required technical and physical support, in accordance with the needs and priorities of the Nepali government.
India made this clear during the 9th meeting of the India-Nepal Bilateral Consultative Group on Security Issues, held in Pokhara from April 26-27, the Indian Embassy said.
Akhilesh Mishra, joint secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs, led the Indian delegation while the Nepali side was led by Deepak Dhital, joint secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal.
“India has agreed to enhance the slots made available for training of Nepali Army personnel in India. Nepal has offered course vacancies for Indian Army in Nepal, including for UN peace keeping operations,” reads the statement.
The two sides have further agreed to boost bilateral cooperation between their security forces by undertaking joint training exercises and organising joint sports and adventure activities.
Similarly, India has agreed to favourably consider Nepal’s request to provide instructors and teachers for advanced courses, including basic science courses
In course of the meeting, the two sides agreed to share information at operational level to effectively address cross-border crime, including smuggling of contraband, arms and poaching. The two sides also agreed to cooperate in the field of disaster management, said the embassy.