India’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane conducted high-level meetings with his counterparts & senior military leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) and Italy as a part of his European Tour between 5th to 8th July 2021.
COAS visit to UK
i.COAS Gen. MM Naravane made his 2-day visit to the United Kingdom on July 5 & 6, where he conducted high level talks on Defence Cooperation with UK’s CODS Gen. Nicholas Carter.
ii.He also held meetings with the U.K. Secretary of State for Defence – Ben Wallace and Chief of General Staff – General Mark Carleton-Smith, where they exchanged views on bilateral defence cooperation.
COAS visit to Italy
i.COAS Gen. MM Naravan visited Italy on July 7 & 8, where he inaugurated an ‘Indian Army Memorial’ at Cassino, Italy. The memorial acts as a respect for the sacrifice made by Indian forces during World War II.
ii.He also held meetings with his Italian counterpart Lt. Gem Pietro Serino and Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini at Rome.
iii.They discussed various modes of strengthening bilateral defence cooperation between India & Italy. They also discussed Co-developing Military hardwares.
iv.Notably, his visit comes days after the 2-day maritime exercise between Indian Navy & Italian Navy in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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