India has ended its ban on military supplies to Nepal, The Times of India reported Thursday
More than 360 vehicles — ranging from mine-protected vehicles to heavy trucks — have already arrived in Nepal, and military officials in Katmandu said ammunition and armaments will soon follow.
India, traditionally a major supplier of military aid to Nepal, cut off military assistance following a 2005 political coup by former King Gyanendra, who seized power in collaboration with Maoist rebels.
In 2006, the Maoists and the government signed a peace agreement ending their war, which killed thousands of Nepalese and lasted more than a decade.
The integration of Maoist combatants with the regular army was officially completed last year, The Hindu reported in October
. This paved the way for India’s decision in April to resume military aid to Nepal, the Times said.
Katmandu will use the aid to equip the 62,000 troops who are slated to provide security for elections to its Constituent Assembly, which are slated for Nov. 19.
Several Nepalese military officials left for India to make necessary technical preparations and receive the military assistance. The first consignment will arrive within a couple of days, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Additional small-arms will be expected later on.
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