Nepal, Bhutan can’t delink from India due to geography: Army Chief

Defence International

PUNE: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, claimed that Nepal’s arrangement with China is “a temporary thing and both the countries have to be inclined to India because of geography”. In his reply to a query on the growing closeness between Nepal and China, Rawat said ties between nations change along with the global scenario.

Rawat also cautioned Nepal about China, stating that these ties are temporary, warning them that nothing comes for free. Rawat was speaking to the media after the concluding ceremony of BIMSTEC MILEX-18, a joint military exercise of BIMSTEC member nations, which was underway in Pune from September 10.

Giving the example of Pakistan and the US, General Rawat said such ties were temporary and bound to change along with the scenario at the global level. Rawat said the leadership in India believes in developing relations with its neighbours.

This year, only five of the seven members countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan, participated in the exercise. Nepal’s Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa earlier declined the Indian Army’s invitation to attend the conclave due to prior engagements.

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