Army Chief embarks four-day goodwill visit to Japan

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 10:30 hrs

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bikram Singh has embarked on a four-day goodwill visit to Japan to strengthen bilateral relations and defence cooperation.

The visit of tghe COAS to Japan is part of the ongoing high level exchanges between the two countries and highlights the importance of India's peaceful and friendly ties with Japan.

India's relations with Japan have undergone a significant transformation since the establishment of India-Japan Global partnership for the 21st century in Aug 2000 and establishment of Indo-Japan Strategic and Global partnership in 2006.

Defence and security cooperation have emerged as the key components of this strategic partnership. A Defence Policy Dialogue has been established between the two countries and Army to Army Staff Talks have also been institutionalised.

The defence cooperation between the two countries has been characterised by cooperation in the field of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, exchange of training courses, exchanges at the functional level and cooperation in United Nations Peace Keeping Operations. Both sides have indicated a desire to further enhance cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.

During the four day visit, the COAS is scheduled to interact with Chief of General Staff and Chief of Staff Army of Japanese Self Defence Forces and Defence Minister of Japan and discuss issues to enhance military cooperation apart from visiting the training establishments and various formation headquarters.

This visit will further cement the historic ties between India and Japan, especially the military to military contacts, which are based on a shared commitment to world peace and regional security. (ANI)

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