India, Egypt to enhance defence co-operation

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New Delhi, Jun 10 (UNI) India and Egypt today agreed to enhance co-operation in the defence sector, including training personnel in defence institutions in the two countries.

A six-member Egyptian defence delegation led by Deputy Chief of Operation Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces Maj Gen Mohamed Mohsen Saad El Shazly called on Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju here today. The two sides discussed ways to enhance defence cooperation and greater interaction between their armed forces.

The Egyptian delegation is on a week-long visit to India to participate in the 2nd Indo-Egypt Joint Defence Committee Meeting.

The two sides expressed happiness over the increasing training cooperation between the forces of both the countries in each other's Defence training establishments.

The two sides signed on the minutes agreed upon during the Defence Committee Meeting held here yesterday. Maj Gen Mohamed El Shazly and PK Rastogi, Special Secretary, Ministry of Defence, exchanged documents to the effect. Proposals include training and visits of soldiers to each other's Defence institutes.

India and Egypt, both members of the Non-Aligned Movement, are emerging stabilising forces in the world's two strategic regions -- South Asia and West Asia.


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