India, Congo Secy-level meet held; aim to work on defence cooperation

New Delhi, July 5 (UNI) The first Secretary-level meeting between Defence Ministries of India and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was held here on Friday, with focus on identifying areas for collaboration to fulfill the potential of bilateral defence cooperation.

The Indian side was led by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and included senior officers of Ministries of Defence and External Affairs. The Congolese delegation was led by Permanent Secretary of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Major General Lukuikila Metikwiza Marcel and included senior officers and a representative of Embassy of DRC in India.

The meeting was aimed at identifying areas for collaboration to fulfill the potential of defence cooperation between the two countries, an official statement said.

Detailed discussions were held to promote cooperation in training and defence industry. The Indian delegation highlighted the significant progress, India has made in defence manufacturing capability.

The DRC side shared the need for modernisation of their Armed Forces and expressed confidence in the capability of the India defence industry and suggested areas of co-production and co-development.

Earlier, the Congo delegation called on Chief of the Army Staff General Upendra Dwivedi.

India enjoys cordial and friendly relations with the DRC. India was among the first countries to establish a diplomatic mission in Kinshasa in 1962. The visit is expected to open up new avenues for defence cooperation between the two countries.

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