Indian Army chief meets PM

KATHMANDU: The chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter's residence at Baluwatar on Thursday.

During the meeting, the duo had a talk about bilateral relations between Nepal and India.

Though General Rawat had arrived in Kathmandu on March 28, they had a meeting only today because Prime Minister Dahal was out of the country to participate in the Boao Forum 2017, held in Hainan province of China between March 23 and 26, followed by a visit to Beijing starting on March 25. Dahal only returned to Nepal on March 29.

General Rawat has come to Nepal to receive an honorary General title of Nepal Army, which is a tradition of conferring each other's army chief the honorary rank in recognition of the harmonious relationship between the two countries.

On Wednesday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had conferred him the honorary rank at a special ceremony organised at the Sheetal Niwas.

The visiting General had paid a courtesy call on his Nepali counterpart Rajendra Chhetri Tuesday itself and had also gifted seven horses to the Nepal Army.

Rawat had also held meetings with other government officials.

Rawat will return to India on Friday.