Rajnath Singh meets Egyptian counterpart to strengthen defense ties


New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Zaki have agreed to identify proposals to expand cooperation between the two countries’ defense industries on a limited basis, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Singh, who is on an official visit to Egypt, was accorded a ceremonial guard of honor at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, ahead of the start of bilateral talks.

During the meeting, both sides discussed measures to strengthen defense ties and reached a consensus to improve the conduct of joint exercises and the exchange of personnel for training, especially in the field of counterinsurgency.

The two ministers also agreed to identify proposals to expand cooperation between the defense industries of India and Egypt on a temporary basis. They also exchanged views on regional security and recognized the contribution of India and Egypt to world peace and stability, the statement said.

After the Defense Minister’s call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, both ministers agreed to consolidate and focus on improving the security and defense aspects of bilateral cooperation.

“The signing of a memorandum of understanding by the two defense ministers on defense cooperation was an important event during the visit, which will pave the way for enhanced defense cooperation in all sectors of mutual interest”, stated the Ministry of Defence.

Singh also invited his Egyptian counterpart to the IOR India-Africa Defense Dialogue and Defense Ministers’ Conclave scheduled for the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from October 18-22, 2022.

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