Nepal to ink military agreement with Russia

Nepal to ink military agreement with Russia

Agency News

Moscow, Nov 25 : Russia and Nepal have agreed to sign a military and technical cooperation agreement, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday after talks with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Gyawali.

"Our military and technical cooperation has good prospects. We have agreed to sign a corresponding agreement," Tass quoted Lavrov as saying.

Russia also plans to expand export of helicopters to Nepal, Lavrov said.

"The Russian aviation equipment has proved itself to be good in high-mountain conditions of Nepal. Mi-17 helicopters supplied earlier are operating in Nepal and plans are in place to develop the interaction in this sphere for the future," he noted.

Speaking at a joint press conference, Gyawali Nepal would like to be a full-fledged SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) member.

"We actively participate in the work of such organizations as SCO, in which we have had the dialogue partner status since 2015," he said. "Of course, we would like to be granted a full-fledged membership, for doing which we will require the help of founding countries, including Russia," he added. (UNI)