Right Honourable President Bidhya Devi Bhandari conferred the Honorary Rank of General of the Nepalese Army (NA) on Indian Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat during a special Investiture Ceremony held at Rastrapati Bhavan, Shital Niwas on March 29, 2017. Visiting General Bipin Rawat was presented with a sword, insignia and a certificate of conferment order by the President during the function. General Rawat arrived in Kathmandu on March 28, 2017 at the official invitation extended by COAS Gen Rajendra Chhetri.
The Nepalese and the Indian armies traditionally honour each other's Chiefs by conferring the Honorary Rank of General in view of the close military ties shared by the two neighbours since decades. COAS General Rajendra Chhetri was similarly conferred the Honorary Rank of General of the Indian Army by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in February 03, 2016. This long-held tradition is emblematic of the close ties between the national armies of Nepal and India.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Defence Minister Balkrishna Khand, Chief Secretary Dr. Som Lal Subedi, COAS Gen Rajendra chhetri, Defence Secretary Shreedhar Sapkota, Ambassador of India to Nepal and media personnal.
Prior to the investiture ceremony, the Indian Army Chief Gen Rawat had paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister Mr. Balkrishna Khand at latter's office in Singhadurbar.
General Rawat, who was on a four-day visit, had laid a wreath to pay homage to the fallen at Army Pavilion, Tudhikhel. Visiting Gen Rawat was accorded a guard of honour at Army HQs before he met his Nepalese Counterpart Gen Chhetri at latter's office earlier today.
Later today, Gen Rawat will attend a banquet hosted by COAS Gen Chhetri at Kshir Sagar Kaksha, Sabha Mandap.
During his four-day stay, Gen Rawat will pay a courtesy call on Right Honourable Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. He will also visit famous tourist spots and pilgrim sites in Nepal besides inspecting the High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School based in Jomsom and visiting the Indian Ex-Army pension paying camp situated in Pokhara.
This kind of visit will help to further cement the friendship between two neighbouring countries besides rendering the long-held tradition of conferring the Honorary Rank of General by respective head of the state. Such high-level exchange of visits will help deepening and expanding bilateral relations between the two armies.