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Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-VII concluded at Pithoragarh

Sep 5, 2014 12:30 IST

Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-VII concluded on 31 August 2014 at Pithoragarh. The exercise was seventh in the series.

The 14-day exercise was based on to practice counter insurgency, jungle warfare and disaster management under the aegis of the Indian Army's GARUD division. The exercise has also boosted bilateral ties between the two countries.

Surya Kiran aimed to create a greater understanding between the Indian and Nepalese armies and develop expertise in jungle warfare and counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrains.

The exercise also focused on the basics of disaster management with special reference to pandemic/epidemic control. The current combined army training exercise marked the growing military cooperation between the two countries.

Background

The First series of Surya Kiran exercise between India and Nepal armies started in 2011 at Vairangate in Mizoram. The decision to start such an exercise was taken following an agreement reached during the 7th India-Nepal Bilateral Consultative Group on Security in 2011.

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