US Army chief discusses regional security, defence cooperation

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) Raising the bar of understanding and trust, Army chiefs of India and US today agreed to 'further enhance' military cooperation between the world's two biggest democracies, besides discussing regional security.

While taking stock of the regional security situation, specialy around India, US Army Chief of Staff Gen George William Casey (Jr) and Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor reaffirmed the need to enhance bilateral military-to-military cooperation, according to the Defence Ministry.

''The cooperation would especially include exchange of military personnel for attending additional professional courses, cooperation and enhanced consultations in the field of doctrine development and raising the level of participation in joint military exercises.'' The highlight, however, was the agreement to technologically cooperate in the development of 'future combat soldier' -- Indian Army's pet programme named 'Future Infantry Soldier as a System' (FINSAS).

Earlier in the day, on his arrival the US General was welcomed by General Deepak Kapoor.

He later paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and took the traditional Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns.

During his stay here, Gen Casey will address students of the National Defence College (NDC) besides visiting Leh and Agra.

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