Nepal, Bhutan have to be inclined towards India: Gen Rawat

PUNE: Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat Sunday said countries like Nepal and Bhutan “have to be inclined to India because of geography”.

He was speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation- Field Training Military Exercise, also known as BIMSTEC-MILEX 18.

Replying to a query on Nepal’s growing alignment with China, Rawat said, “Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to be inclined to India because of geography. Geography favours inclination towards India and as far as alliance (with China) is concerned, it is a temporary thing.”

Giving the example of Pakistan and the US, the general claimed that such ties were temporary and bound to change along with the scenario at the global level.

“The best example of this is the relation between America and Pakistan. It is not the same as what it used to be 70 years ago. Therefore, we need not be bothered about all these issues. We need to concentrate on how to keep our country strong,” he said. (AGENCIES)