Kathmandu: Army Chief Gen VK Singh on Thursday
offered all possible help to Nepal in its army integration
process and for disaster management, saying India will do
whatever it can to take forward the bilateral ties.
"`Nepal ko hit ma India ko hit chha` (whatever is in the
interest of Nepal will be in the interest of India too)," he
said in Nepali, replying to a question from reporters as to
how India would like to help in expediting the army
integration process of former Maoist combatants and disaster
management in Nepal.
"Anything that Nepal wants to do we will stand side by
side, with what they want to do," he said.
"To that extent whatever assistance is asked from us as
friends and brothers we will give that," Gen Singh said after
observing a counter-hijacking demonstration at the Tribhuvan
International Airport here on the conclusion of a three-day
Earlier, during a meeting with Nepalese Prime Minister
Baburam Bhattarai, Gen Singh said "Indian army is strong and
unified and it has displayed unity in diversity," the
Premier`s press adviser Ramrijhan Yadav told reporters.
"Indian army has great faith in democracy," Gen Singh was
quoted as saying.
"As we have worked as per the norms and values of
democracy and we have been able to bring the insurgent group
called `Mizoram National Front` to the political mainstream. I
am hopeful that the Maoist soldiers would also follow the same
by merging themselves with the Nepal army under the ongoing
peace process," Gen Singh was quoted as saying by Yadav.
On his part, Bhattarai said Nepal army is also democratic
and professional as they have been trained by the Indian army.
He said that the peace process and the Constitution-
making have come to the final stage in Nepal.
"The Maoist combatants will soon be integrated into the
national army," Bhattarai said.
In a few days, the process of army integration will begin
and the arms will be handed over to the government. "The
cantonments will soon be vacated," Bhattarai said.
The Indian army chief had high-level meetings on the
sidelines of the Regional Seminar on Natural Disaster
Management and Humanitarian Assistance.
Besides Bhattarai, he called on President Ram Baran Yadav
and met Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bijaya
"Our aim is to expand and consolidate friendship between
Nepal and India" and "we will do whatever we can to move
forward the bilateral relations," Gen Singh said.
"I have told the Prime Minister that whatever is in the
interest of Nepal will be in the interest of India," he said.