Army chief General M M Naravane’s historic go to to Saudi Arabia will strengthen bilateral defence cooperation, the Indian Army stated on Monday.
Gen Naravane, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on the second leg of his two-nation go to that included the United Arab Emirates, is the first-ever head of the Indian Army to journey to the 2 strategically necessary Gulf international locations.
“COAS visit to #SaudiArabia will strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries,” the Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information stated in a tweet.
On the primary day of his go to on Sunday, Gen Naravane met prime Saudi generals, together with Commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Gen Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutir, Chief of General Staff Gen. Fayyadh bin Hamid Al-Ruwaili and Commander of the Joint Forces Lt Gen Mutlaq bin Salim, and mentioned problems with frequent curiosity and methods to boost bilateral defence cooperation.
On Monday, Gen Naravane visited King Abdul Aziz Military Academy and exchanged views on navy coaching.
He additionally visited Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College and National Defence University, the place he addressed the Faculty and pupil officers attending the War Course, the Indian Army tweeted.
His spouse Veena Naravane and different delegates visited the TCS All Women Center in Riyadh. She appreciated the dedication of the TCS in the direction of gender empowerment, funding and development in Saudi Arabia via such initiatives, it stated in one other tweet.
She additionally visited Princess Nourah University and Wipro Women Business Park in Riyadh, which bear testimony to ladies enabling and empowerment, it added.
Gen Naravane’s go to is seen as a mirrored image of India’s rising strategic ties with the 2 key Gulf international locations and is anticipated to additional open up new avenues for cooperation within the defence and safety sphere.
His go to comes within the midst of fast-paced developments within the Gulf area together with normalisation of Israel’s relations with a number of Arab international locations in addition to state of affairs arising out of the assassination of Iran’s prime nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Ahead of his go to to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the Army stated in a press release in New Delhi that his “visit is historic in the sense that it will be the first time an Indian Army chief is visiting the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Gen Naravane’s go to to the Gulf area comes days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s journeys to Bahrain and the UAE throughout which he referred to as on prime leaders of the 2 international locations.
Last month, the Army chief travelled to Nepal on a three-day go to that had vital diplomatic overtone.
In October, Gen Naravane travelled to Myanmar together with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on a really essential go to throughout which India determined to provide an assault submarine to the Myanmar Navy moreover agreeing to additional deepen navy and defence ties.
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