Kathmandu (Nepal), June 22: Chief of Army Staff Manoj Pande is scheduled to visit Nepal in August, officials from Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday
The 29th Army Chief of India will be conferred with the honorary title of Nepali Army by Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari during the visit, sources said.
"Communication has been received from the Indian Army about the visit of the Army Chief to Nepal in the month of August. We are working on the dates and schedule of his visit. The visit will entirely focus on honouring the Indian Army Chief with the honorary title of Nepali Army, a tradition that has been continued for the ages," they added.
Amid the preparations being made in Kathmandu about the visit of Indian CoAS, Nepal's Ambassador to India, Dr Shankar Prasad Sharma also held talks with the Indian Army Chief earlier.
"Pleasure to call on Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande @adgpi. We discussed various aspects of bilateral defence cooperation and thanked the Indian Army for their continued support to Nepal. @EONIndia #NepalIndiaFriendship," Nepal's ambassador to India tweeted on Monday.
On the same day, the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army), also tweeted about the issues discussed during the meeting.
"Dr Shankar Prasad Sharma, Ambassador of #Nepal to #India called on General Manoj Pande #COAS and discussed aspects of Bilateral Defence Cooperation."
India and Nepal have been following the tradition of conferring the highest rank to the chiefs of each other's militaries since 1950 when then Indian Army Chief General KM Cariappa visited Nepal.