KATHMANDU: India and Nepal today began their joint military exercise in the western part of the Himalayan country, focusing on counter-terrorism and forest fighting operations.
The exercise – Surya Kiran – was being participated by around 300 troops each side in Rupandehi district.
Senior Nepal Army officer Rajendra Karki inaugurated the exercise, according to a statement by the army.
The 12th edition of Nepal-India joint military exercise will conclude on September 16.
According to the Indian Army officials, the Surya Kiran is the largest joint exercise in terms of troop participation.
The battalion-level joint training between the two armies will focus on counter-terror operations in mountainous terrain by facilitating interoperability.
Disaster management and joint operations for disaster relief will also be a part of the exercise. The 11th edition of the joint exercise was held in Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. (AGENCIES)