Army chief visits Japan to boost defence relation

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 23:21 hrs

Indian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Bikram Singh was visiting Japan from Feb 11 to 15 as a part of the ongoing high level exchanges between India and Japan and is expected to further boost the defence relations between the two nations.

During his four day visit, the COAS had important interactions and meetings with a large number of High Level Civil and Military officials to include the Defence Minister, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff JSDF and Chief of Staff, JGSDF.

Both sides agreed on continuing efforts at enhancing bilateral exchanges in the identified fields of Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief and UN Peace Keeping operations and to explore defence cooperation possibilities in new fields.

The COAS also visited important training institutions like the International Peace Keeping Activity Training Institute and the Fuji School besides visiting the Middle Army HQs.

The visit has provided an impetus to the defence ties and will further cement the strategic partnership between Japan & India.

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