Nepal to skip first BIMSTEC anti-terror drill

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Nepal to skip first BIMSTEC anti-terror drill
Nepal to skip first BIMSTEC anti-terror drill

New Delhi : Snubbing India, Nepal Army has decided to skip first BIMSTEC anti-terror military exercise scheduled for the next week.

The idea of the joint military drill was first forwarded by the Indian Army in June, followed by an initial meeting of BIMSTEC senior army officials in New Delhi.

An aide of Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli spoke to news agency PTI and said that Nepal will not to join the week-long joint military drill to be held in Pune from September 10.

"Nepal will not take part in the BIMSTEC joint military exercise. This is the official decision of the government," he said. 

Without revealing much details behind the decision, he said an official statement will be released by his ministry soon.

BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

The military drill was dragged into controversy as no diplomatic or political level agreement was made before deciding to take part in the exercise.