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Multinational peace keeping military drill from today

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KATHMANDU — The third edition of multinational peace keeping military drill entitled ‘Exercise Shanti Prayas III’ is kicking off Monday at the Nepal Army’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre where 1024 army personnel from 28 countries are participating.

The multi-national military exercise co-sponsored by Nepal Army and US Army’s Pacific Command will last for 14 days.

The military exercise which aims at enhancing peacekeeping capabilities prior to being deployed for peacekeeping missions under the United Nations, according to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Directorate of Nepal Army.

‘The main objective of the joint military exercise is to help increase the participants’ interoperability and peacekeeping skills prior to their deployment to the UN peace missions,’ it said.

“The exercise will enhance global interoperability and develop common tactics, techniques and procedures required to effectively support real-world UN peacekeeping operations,” Admiral Harris Jr. has been quoted as saying in US Army’s DVIDS report.

Army personnel from Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and Zambia were invited to take part in the exercise.

Saying the Nepal-US relationship is strong and continues to grow, the US Navy commander added, “And the training we are conducting at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Nepal is a testament to our shared commitment to enhancing global peacekeeping operations and the enforcement of UN mandates.”

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)’s Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr has already arrived here in the capital on Sunday to take part in a multinational military drill for peacekeeping, Nepal Army said.

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The exercise includes various components including Staff Training Event (STE), Field Training Event (FTE), Critical Enabler and Capability Enhancement Events and Regional Training Seminar.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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