Why India’s Army Chief Is Visiting Saudi Arabia And the UAE – Indian Media Report

Why India’s Army Chief Is Visiting Saudi Arabia And the UAE – Indian Media Report

so common rival brought russia and china together the united states russia may see china as a strategic partner but for india china is a threat an aggressor one that needs to be dealt with from a position of strength with deft diplomacy and a strong military india’s army chief is on a mission he’s traveling to west asia to build a new defense partnership it’s rare for the indian army chief to travel abroad so when this tweet came out it made headlines general m m naravani is the first army chief to visit the uae and saudi arabia it’s a six day long trip designed to

create a military alliance with two gulf powers general naravneh will be starting from scratch since india’s defense cooperation with the gulf has been limited the army chief could discuss the possibility of separate but regular joint military exercises with the two gulf allies in recent years the indian navy has held drills with gulf partners in march 2018 india and the uae conducted their maiden naval exercise gulf star one

in 2019 india and saudi arabia announced their first joint naval drills reports say the indian army had scheduled exercises in the gulf before but they were delayed due to the outbreak of the wuhan virus general naravneh could use this opportunity to reschedule these drills joint operation of defence equipment could be on the agenda too some reports have referred to the possibility of arms sales to the gulf the uae and

saudi arabia are reportedly interested in india’s brahmos missile the gulf could be a lucrative market for india to sell its indigenous defense tech by march this year saudi arms imports increased by 130 percent with the uae accounting for almost 4 percent of the global arms deals both countries largely depend on the united states for weapons but they have been scouting other supplies too the uae is interested in equipping the indian army too it is in talks with new delhi to set up a make in india route to supply carbines uae-based firm caracal had won

a contract two years back reports say the deal is yet to be signed the army chief’s west asia tour will irk pakistan and the generals in raval pindi over the years a number of pakistani soldiers have been deputed to saudi arabia in the uae with the pakistani military roped in the protection of the house of salt the gulf powers are now looking at india as a long-term security partner general narabine’s visit to the gulf comes at a significant time the uae and bahrain have established diplomatic ties with israel the new partnerships open up possibilities for

closer security cooperation with countries that are allies of india new delhi must make the most of this realignment

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