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India-Nepal joint military exercise begins at Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh


Arunav Sinha, LUCKNOW: An India-Nepal joint military training, titled “Exercise Surya Kiran-V” is being conducted at Pithoragarh.

In this exercise, an infantry battalion of the Indian Army and an equivalent strength from the Nepalese army would be sharing their experiences gained during the conduct of counter insurgency operations.

The operation which started on September 23 would continue till October 6.

Based on an agreement during the 7th India-Nepal Bilateral Consultative Group on Security, the two countries commenced joint training at platoon level (30 men each) in 2011.

The first two joint exercises focused primarily on jungle warfare and counter-insurgency operations.

According to statement released by the Press Information Bureau (defence wing) on Monday, troops shared their experiences and exhibited skill sets during joint training at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairangate in Mizoram and a similar school at Amlekhganj in Nepal.

The level of joint training was upgraded to company level (consisting of approximately 120 men) in 2012 based on experience gained in previous two exercises in 2011.

Company-level joint training also focused on counter insurgency and jungle warfare operations in hilly terrain, as the Himalayan region all along India-Nepal border is covered with thick jungles.

Surya Kiran-V is the fifth India-Nepal training exercise. It aims not only at training troops in counterterrorism operations, but also in enhancing defence cooperation and military relations between the two nations. It provides an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter terrorists operations, especially in mountainous terrain, as also on aspects of disaster management.

The training also envisages a full-fledged exercise on organisation and conduct of disaster response and management operations. This joint training, mutual interaction and sharing of experiences amongst both the countries shall further strengthen cultural and historical ties between both the nations and take bilateral relations forward.
(TNN)

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