New Delhi, Nov 17 : Chief of the Italian Army Staff Lietunant General Fabrizio Castagnetti arrived at New Delhi on Monday and was given a Guard of Honour at South Block.
He is visiting India on an official tour from November 17-21 on a reciprocal visit and cement our bonds of friendship further.
His visit will not only enhance the existing military cooperation between the two countries but will also open up new opportunities for training cooperation.
With a view to build up a strategic partnership to achieve synergy for development and economic growth, there has been a regular exchange of visits between the political, diplomatic and military hierarchy of the two countries. To enhance Army to Army relations, Indian Army Chief visited Italy in March 2007.
During his visit, the Italian Army Chief will interact with senior military and civilian defence hierarchy, discuss defence related issues and prospects for future cooperation between two Armies. With shared commitment to United Nation objectives and common concerns on increased global terrorism, discussions on global and regional security situation are envisaged. In addition, visits to Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Indian Army Field Formations and training institutions are also being organized.