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UK Army chief visits Nagaland
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 20 (NPN):
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Published on 21 May. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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Chief of the General Staff, United Kingdom, General Sir Peter Anthony Wall, KCB, CBE, ADC arrived Dimapur Friday on a two-day visit to Nagaland.
According to sources, Gen. Wall will halt for the night at Dimapur Rangapahar Military Station and visit World War-II cemetery Kohima Saturday morning. General Wall will return to Dimapur the same day.
The scheduled itinerary of the visiting general has not been divulged due to security reasons.
Wall had previously been the commander-in-chief, Land Forces from August 2009 to September 2010. He succeeded General Sir David Richards as Chief of the General Staff in September 2010.
Seeking to enhance bilateral military ties between India and United Kingdom, General Wall Wednesday met Indian Army Chief General V K Singh in New Delhi.
On a four-day trip to India, which started on May 17, General Wall’s itinerary includes meetings with high ranking officials from the three forces.
“The visit assumes special significance in light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries. We are also planning a bilateral army-to-army exercise, which will be held shortly,” army officials said. Presently, defence cooperation between India and UK is conducted under the aegis of well-established defence cooperation mechanism, which includes annual meetings between the respective Defence Ministries and also the individual services, the officials added.
“General Wall’s visit at this stage will give an impetus to the existing defence cooperation in the field of training and exchange of experts,” they said. (With PTI inputs)

 
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