Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Prez to visit Siachen base camp today

Prez to visit Siachen base camp today

President Ram Nath Kovind visited Siachen base camp on May 10 and addressed the soldiers posted there, stated an official release.

"The President noted that Siachen is the world's highest battlefield and it is hard to live even a normal life in the extreme climate". The previous visit was undertaken by former president APJ Abdul Kalam in April 2004.This makes Kovind the first president to travel to Siachen in 14 years.

Accompanying President Kovind, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was also present at the Siachen base camp.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday visited the army base camp in Siachen, the world's highest.

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"The bravery and valour of our soldiers in Siachen in the last 34 years has given every countryman the confidence that our borders are safe and secure", Kovind said adding, "Every countryman is grateful to you and stands by you and your families". He also interacted with troops at one of the forward posts of Siachen Glacier.

Before addressing the soldiers, Ram Nath visited the Siachen War Memorial, which was established in memory of the 11,000 people who have been killed during their service in the Indian army since 1984. Referring to these situations, the President commended the soldiers for their agility, ideal mobilization and constant combat readiness. "I wanted to personally convey you the message that there is special respect in heart of all Indians for the soldiers and officers guarding the borders".

Sources said President Kovind will interact with the soldiers posted there.

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