India, Egypt discuss defence cooperation

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) India and Egypt Wednesday agreed on the scope for boosting defence ties through increased interactions between armed forces and technology collaboration between industries of two countries.

Egyptian Defence Minister Gen Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who is accompanying President Mohammad Morsi, met Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony here and the two sides took note of the gradual building up of defence exchanges and interactions, particularly in the area of training exchanges, since the establishment of the Joint Defence Committee in 2006.
“It was agreed that there was scope for enhancing bilateral defence cooperation in various areas, including by way of increased interactions between the two armed forces and through technology collaboration between industries,” a defence ministry release said.
Sisi also briefed Antony about the security situation in West Asia and in Egypt’s neighbourhood.
The release said that Antony accepted invitation by Gen Sisi to visit Egypt.
“It was decided that opportunities for increasing cooperation will be discussed by both sides during the next meeting of the Joint Defence Committee, which is expected to be held in the near future, at the mutual convenience of both sides,” the release said.