Nepal backs out of BIMSTEC Joint Military Drill

The Nepal Government on Saturday confirmed that they will not join the first ever military exercise, which is slated to begin from September 10 in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Nepal is not joining the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) military anti-terror training exercise. 30 personnel from each country is supposed to participate, which will comprise of five officers and 25 men. This will now not include the soldiers from Nepal, ANI agency reports.

Defence Analyst Major General SB Asthana (Retd) described it to the anti-India political sentiments within Nepal. He said, “Three observers of Nepal are already in Pune so there was an intent to participate. But, it is due to the local political pressure that this decision has been taken.”

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