Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Egypt from September 20 to September 22 on an invitation from her counterpart Minister of Defence and Military Production & Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki .
Both leaders reviewed the ongoing bilateral activities and discussed potential opportunities to deepen defence ties and exchange in the defence sphere. A defence ministry statement said that both sides agreed for counter terror cooperation and for joint military exercises to intensify the training interaction between the armies of both countries.
The defence ministry statement said that both leaders also vowed to boost the naval cooperation and cooperation in defence R&D and joint production of defence equipments.
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The statement said, “The Ministers decided to explore deeper cooperation in the fields of defence industry and R&D, including joint production of defence equipment. Both sides reaffirmed their intent to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism. Naval cooperation, including cooperation in Maritime Domain Awareness was identified as an area of potential”.
It said, “India and Egypt would also intensify training interactions between their militaries. The two countries are also working towards holding joint exercises. The two Ministers agreed that technical and expert level delegations in relevant fields would be exchanged to follow up on their discussions”.
Defence Minister Sitharaman also laid wreaths at the memorial of unknown soldiers and the tomb of late President Anwar Al Sadat. She also invited General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki to India and he accepted the invitation.
Defence Minister’s visit to Egypt reflects the vision of building a new partnership between India and Egypt as articulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Al Sisi during the Egyptian president’s visit to India in 2016.