The 15th edition of the Indo-Nepal combined battalion-level military training concluded at Pithoragarh of Uttarakhand in India yesterday.

An infantry battalion each from the Indian Army and the Nepali Army participated in the 14-day exercise 'Surya Kiran XV', which commenced on September 20, according to the Public Relations and Information Directorate of Nepali Army.

It is said that 300 Nepali Army personnel and 400 Indian Army personnel took part in the combined military training.

The exercise mainly focused on developing inter-operability and sharing the experience of counter terrorism operations and disaster relief operations.

High ranking officials of the Indian Army and the Nepali Army, among others, were present at the closing ceremony of the joint training exercise. In the training, Nepali Army's Major General Binaya Bikram Rana, Brigadier General Kumar Babu Thapa, military attachés from Nepal and India, among others, were present.

Nepali Army has expressed confidence that such a combined military exercise will help strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries and develop basic military skills and mutual understanding among the military rank and file of both countries.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.