Army chief to visit South Asian neighbours

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014,19:57 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Following the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag would be  visiting the South Asian nations starting from next month to  forged closer military ties with Bhutan, being his first foreign  destination.
Apart from Bhutan, Gen Suhag will be visiting Nepal,  Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka in the next couple of months,  Army sources said.
Earlier, the Army chief’s three-day visit to Bhutan was  cancelled at the eleventh hour last month due to border standoff  with Chinese army in Ladakh.
Sources said Gen Suhag is now scheduled to visit Thimpu in  the first half of November and itineraries for his forthcoming  visits to other friendly neighbours were under finalisation.
The Indian Army has very close relationships with Bhutan,  Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Nepalese, Bangladeshi and the  Bhutanese Army has been conferring honorary General rank to  chief of the Indian Army and the vice-versa.
The Narendra Modi government has been giving top priority  to neighboring countries and Gen Suhag would strive to strengthen the relations on military level, sources said.