General Charles A. Flynn, Commander of the US Army Pacific Command, has arrived in Kathmandu today for a four-day visit to Nepal. He was welcomed at the Tribhuvan International Airport by Nepal Army Rathi Bal Krishna Karki.
Flynn’s visit to Nepal has been viewed as meaningful before the visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Chief of Army Staff Prabhuram Sharma to the United States.
Flynn is scheduled to meet with Army Chief Sharma on Friday. Flynn came to Nepal via India. Nepal Army Chief of Staff Prabhuram Sharma was scheduled to visit Nepal from 26 to 29 July before visiting the United States through a country where peacekeepers are stationed.
According to Sahaykarthi Narayan Silwal, spokesperson of the Nepal Army, Flynn’s visit has been scheduled but no other schedule has been approved except meeting with Chief of Army Staff Sharma.
The Council of Ministers has approved the visit of Chief of Army Staff Sharma to Washington DC from 13 to 17 July at the formal invitation of the United States of America.
Before that, Sharma is scheduled to inspect peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and Syria, where Nepali peacekeepers are deployed, at the invitation of the United Nations, from 4 to 10 July.
During the visit, the team including Chief of Army Staff Sharma will get information about the status of the missions, operational activities, status of army deployment and other aspects and will meet with high-ranking officials of the nation and peace missions.