Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Tuesday held extensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart Gen Prabhu Ram Sharma, focusing on ways to expand bilateral military cooperation in the backdrop of evolving security scenario in the region. Gen Sharma's four-day visit to India comes amid increasing concerns over the possible impact of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on the regional security scenario.
Officials said Gen Naravane and Gen Sharma exchanged views on further strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries besides deliberating on the regional security scenario. Ahead of the talks, the Nepalese Army Chief laid a wreath at the National War Memorial.
He was also given a Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns. Gen Sharma called on Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and discussed a range of issues relating to bilateral defence cooperation, the officials said.
Nepal is important for India in the context of its overall strategic interests in the region, and leaders of the two countries have often noted the age-old "Roti Beti" relationship. Land-locked Nepal relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal's access to the sea is through India, and it imports a predominant proportion of its requirements from and through India. Gen Naravane had visited Kathmandu in November last year during which he held extensive talks with the top civilian and military brass of Nepal.