India, France to hold meeting on defence cooperation on Monday


New Delhi : Defence related activities such as joint exercises, high-level visits, transfer of technology and activities relating to military co-production of arms will be discussed at the two-day 10th Meeting of the Indo-French High Committee on Defence Cooperation to be held in Delhi beginning Monday. The meeting will be co-chaired by the Indian Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and representative of French Minister of Defence Thierry Borja de Mozota, an Indian Defence Ministry spokesperson told KUNA here Sunday. Under this High Committee, there are three sub-committees. The First sub-committee on Military Cooperation has representatives from the headquarters of Integrated Defence Services and the three Services. The second Sub Committee deals with strategic issues and the third one is on Defence Industry Procurement and Research and Technology, the spokesperson said. “During the two days, the Indo-French Sub Committee on Military Cooperation will role out plans for service to service activities for the forthcoming year while the Sub Committee on Strategic Issues will discuss matters relating to regional issues. The Sub Committee on Defence Industry Procurement and Research and Technology will discuss the Transfer of Technology, joint development and production,” he added. At the initiative of the Former President Jacques Chirac during his visit to India in 1998, a Government to Government agreement was reached and cooperation in the field of Defence was revitalised following which the Indo-French High Committee on Defence Cooperation meetings are conducted every year alternatively in India and France. The 9th Meeting of this Committee was held in November 2006 in Paris.

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