India-Egypt pact to boost military drills, defence co-production | India News

NEW DELHI: India and Egypt have inked a MoU to bolster defence cooperation while also deciding to enhance joint military exercises, training, co-production and maintenance of equipment.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Egyptian counterpart General Mohamed Zaki at a meeting in Cairo agreed to identify proposals for expanding cooperation between their defence industries in a time-bound manner.
“The MoU will pave the way for enhancing defence cooperation across all sectors of mutual interest. The two ministers also exchanged views on regional security and acknowledged the contribution of their countries to peace and stability in the world,” an official said on Tuesday.
Singh also invited his Egyptian counterpart to the India-Africa Defence Dialogue and Indian Ocean Region defence ministers’ conclave to be held as part of 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar between from October 18 to 22.
Defence minister Singh also called on President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who expressed appreciation that the bilateral military-to-military cooperation had reached a new level.
“Singh acknowledged that Egypt is among the most important trading partners of India in Africa and that the bilateral trade has expanded significantly.
He noted with satisfaction the close cooperation in multilateral forums between India and Egypt,” the official said.
Egypt is among the several countries that has shown interest in acquiring arms produced by India, including the Akash missile systems capable of intercepting hostile aircraft, helicopters, drones and subsonic cruise missiles at a range of 25-km.

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