KATHMANDU: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has conferred Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of Indian Army Bikram Singh the Honorary rank of General of the Nepali Army amidst a function at Shital Niwas at 4 pm on Wednesday.
High ranking officials including Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattrai and Chief of Army Staff of Nepal Army Chhatra Man Singh Gurung were present on the occasion.
Nepali and Indian armies have a tradition of conferring the rank of honorary general to each other’s chiefs.
This is Singh’s maiden foreign visit after taking over as COAS on May 31 earlier this year.
As part of the scheduled programmes, he has already visited Birendra Peacekeeping Operation Training Centre, Panchkhal today morning.
General Singh will visit Jomsom-based High Altitude Mountain Warfare School, Nepali Army Western Division Headquarters and Pension Paying Office in Pokhara, on Thursday.
He is also scheduled to visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini and address the 19th command and staff course cadets on Friday, before wrapping up his five-day visit.