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Navy chief visited Saudi Arabia this week, focus on deepening

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

visited from February 4-8 and held extensive talks with its top defence brass to further consolidate cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, officials said today.

Evolving security threats in the region and enhancing cooperation to pursue common strategic interests were the focus of Lanba's talks with the Saudi military establishment, they said.

"The visit was aimed at consolidating cooperation between the armed forces of both and and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation," Capt D K Sharma said.

The held talks with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Aysesh, of General Staff of Royal Saudi Armed Abdul Rahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan and of Royal Saudi Naval Forces

He also interacted with the commanders of the Royal Saudi Arabian Land Forces,


The admiral, who is also of the powerful chiefs of staff committee (CoSC), which comprises chiefs of the Army, and Air Force, visited a number of key naval installations in

These included the and the Western Fleet at He also visited HMS Dammam, an Al- Riyadh class frigate.

had paid a bilateral visit to from February 6 to 8.

Security and counter-terror cooperation between and Saudi got a boost after then Manmohan Singh's visit to the Gulf nation eight years back during which the two countries elevated their ties to a strategic partnership level.

visited in April 2016. Both sides had decided to further ramp up their defence and security ties, including counter-terrorism cooperation.

The cooperates with the Royal Saudi Naval Forces on many fronts, including training exchanges and hydrographic cooperation.

Warships from have been regularly visiting ports in

Officers from the Royal Saudi Armed Forces have been undergoing training at various Indian defence training institutes, including the and the

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:45 IST
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