India, Saudi Arabia discuss ways to enhance defence cooperation

By Trend

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defence for Strategic Affairs
Ahmed A Aseeri called on Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar in New Delhi
on Thursday and discussed ways to enhance defence ties between the
two countries.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the Deputy Minister
briefed the Defence Secretary about the 5th meeting of India-Saudi
Arabia Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation (JCDC) which was held
on Wednesday.

The JCDC meeting was co-chaired by Joint Secretary (Armed
Forces) Dinesh Kumar and Ahmed A Aseeri, as per the ministry
statement.

“During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the progress made in
military-to-military engagements, including joint exercises, expert
exchanges and industry cooperation. It was decided to identify new
avenues and examine areas of mutual interest for Joint Venture in
order to enhance defence industry cooperation,” the statement read
further.

The enhancement of scope and complexities of the existing joint
naval exercises and expanding bilateral exercises in other domains
were also discussed during the meeting.

“It was agreed to hold the next meeting of JCDC in Saudi Arabia
on mutually convenient dates in 2023. The JCDC is the apex body
between the Defence Ministries of India and Saudi Arabia to
comprehensively review and guide all aspects of bilateral defence
cooperation” it added.

The Deputy Minister also interacted with the Chief of Integrated
Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). A
Defence Industry interaction was also organised for the delegation
in which a number of Indian defence industries participated.

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