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Egypt, India To Set Framework for Improved Defense Relations

Mar. 20, 2013 - 02:02PM   |  
By Vivek Raghuvanshi   |   Comments
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NEW DELHI — The defense ministers of Egypt and India have agreed to set up a framework to improve the defense ties of the two nations.

Visiting Egyptian Defence Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al Sisi and Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony discussed the framework Wednesday.

A Joint Defence Committee was established between the two countries in 2006, but very little work has been done, admitted an Indian Defence Ministry official.

“It was agreed that there was scope for enhancing bilateral defense cooperation in various areas, including by way of increased interactions between the Armed Forces of both countries and through technology collaboration between industries,” says an MoD statement.

Egypt also has shown interest in taking help from Indian engineers to maintain defense systems, and working closely to develop advanced electronics and navigation, the MoD official added.

“India could learn from Egypt how best to replace aging Russian systems and how cost effective it could be,” Nitin Mehta, defense analyst here, said.

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