UK has `no plan to close down Gorkha brigade`

Gorkha brigade is regarded as one of the most trusted units of British Army.

Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 16:21 PM IST

Kathmandu: Britain has officially dismissed reports that it is planning to discontinue the age old Gorkha soldiers` brigade.

"The British government has no plan at all to discontinue the Gorkha soldier unit of the British Army", a British embassy spokesman said.

The remarks came in response to media reports quoting a British Parliament member about the possibility of closure of the Gorkha brigade by British Army as a result of budget cut downs. The parliamentarian also reasoned that Gurkhas had been expensive due to equal pay, pensions and rights with regular British soldiers.

The statement comes in the wake of British Government making public new security strategy and strategic defence and security review.

At present there are around 3,500 Gorkha soldiers serving in the British Army.

Gorkha brigade is regarded as one of the most trusted units of the British Army and Gorkhas are regarded as very brave and obedient soldiers.

British Army has very old and cordial relations with the Nepal Army.

The British Army had expressed commitment to continue its assistance to Nepal, during Nepal Army chief Chhatraman Singh`s official visit to UK at the invitation of British Army Chief G Peter Wall.

PTI