Kathmandu: The Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army General Manoj Pande was conferred the title of Honorary General of the Nepali Army by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today.
He was honoured at a special ceremony at the President’s official residence ‘Shital Niwas’ in Kathmandu.
He was also presented a sword and scroll during the function. The practice follows a seven decade old tradition of decorating army chiefs of each other’s country with the honorary title.
In November last year, Chief of Nepali Army, General Prabhu Ram Sharma was also made the Honorary General of the Indian Army by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in New Delhi.
Earlier in the day, in a solemn ceremony, General Manoj Pande laid a wreath and paid homage at Bir Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) at Army Pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu.
Thereafter, he visited the Nepali Army headquarters where he was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour. This was followed by meeting with his counterpart General Prabhu Ram Sharma, during which both delegations discussed strengthening long standing army-army relations.
He was also given a comprehensive briefing by senior officers of the Nepali Army. On behalf of the Government of India, Gen Manoj Pande presented training equipment to Nepali Army along with Light Vehicles which would augment capabilities of Nepali Army personnel.