The British Army has provided five C-IED experts, recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, to assist the Nepal Army Engineers in their preparation for United Nations operations in Mali. The team will provide training in Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Route Opening and War Materiel Removal training.
According to British Embassy, the British Army shares a long and successful history of cooperation and support with the Nepal Army. In the 1993 floods, where land bridges across Nepal were swept away, the British Army deployed from their Hong Kong bases to construct three of the longest military bridges built since the Second World War. The support provided by the Nepal Army engineers showed what could be achieved if the UK and Nepal worked together. This is the first bilateral training provided in recent years and is hoped will herald further training with the Nepal Army in the months ahead.