Indian Army chief Naravane meets Italian counterpart, holds talks to boost defence cooperation

By The Print

Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane on Thursday met his Italian counterpart Lt Gen Pietro Serino and Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini in Rome and held extensive talks focusing on strengthening bilateral defence cooperation, including military-to-military engagement.

The Chief of Army Staff arrived in Rome on Wednesday on a two-day visit on the second leg of his two-nation tour of the UK and Italy. About his meeting with Italian Defence Minister Guerini, officials said they exchanged views on strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries.

“General MM Naravane #COAS interacted with Lieutenant General Pietro Serino, Chief of Italian Army and discussed aspects of joint military cooperation,” the Army tweeted.

The Chief of Army Staff is also scheduled to inaugurate an Indian Army memorial in the Italian town of Cassino. The memorial has been built to pay homage to Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.

Ways to further intensify defence cooperation had figured prominently at a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte in November last year.

The two prime ministers had underscored the need to further expand defence engagement through greater two-way collaboration and technology cooperation, including co-development and co-production of military hardware.

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