New Delhi: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane shared his thoughts on the security situation facing India and its neighbourhood, a region of great and increasing importance for the United Kingdom and allied defence thinking.
Gen Naravane in a conversation with members of the London-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies exchanged views on the security challenges and opportunities in the region.
Gen Naravane, who arrived in the UK capital on Monday on the first leg of his European tour, called on General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of General Staff of the British Army, and both discussed issues of joint military cooperation.
He also interacted with General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of Defence Staff, and exchanged views on bilateral defence cooperation.
India and the UK are to expand cooperation under the Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP) agreed in 2015 to deepen security ties and enable smooth collaboration between the armed services.
On May 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson agreed on a common vision of a new and transformational Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries, underpinned by their shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, multilateralism and a rules based international order.
Gen Naravane earlier inspected the Guard of Honour provided by the Grenadier Guards on Horse Guards’ Parade Square as part of his welcome by the British Army.
He is also scheduled to meet UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace, before leaving for Italy.