Defence Minister Rajnath Singh & his Egyptian counterpart General Mohamed Zaki hold bilateral talks in Cairo

Agree to enhance conduct of joint exercises & exchange of personnel for training to strengthen defence ties

Sign MoU to bolster defence cooperation across all sectors of mutual interest

September 20, 2022 Photo(s): By PIB
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting the ceremonial Guard of Honour ahead of bilateral talks with the Defence Minister of Egypt, General Mohamed Zaki, at the Ministry of Defence, in Cairo, Egypt on September 19, 2022.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with Egyptian Defence Minister General Mohamed Zaki in Cairo on September 19, 2022. Rajnath Singh, who is on an official visit to Egypt, was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Ministry of Defence in Cairo, prior to the commencement of bilateral talks. During the meeting, both sides discussed steps to strengthen defence ties and reached a consensus to enhance conduct of joint exercises and exchange of personnel for training, especially in the field of counter-insurgency.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the bilateral talks with the Defence Minister of Egypt, General Mohamed Zaki, in Cairo, Egypt on September 19, 2022.

The two Ministers also agreed to identify proposals for expanding cooperation between the defence industries of India and Egypt in a time-bound manner. They also exchanged views on regional security and acknowledged the contribution of India and Egypt to peace & stability in the world. Both sides expressed happiness at the intensified defence engagement and exchanges over the last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the Defence Minister of Egypt, General Mohamed Zaki signing an MoU to enhance bilateral defence cooperation, in Cairo, Egypt on September 19, 2022.

Following the Defence Minister’s call on with the President of Egypt Mr Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, both the Ministers agreed to consolidate and focus on enhancing security and defence aspects of bilateral cooperation. Signing of MoU by the two Defence Ministers on cooperation in the field of defence was a milestone event during the visit, which will pave the way for enhancing defence cooperation across all sectors of mutual interest.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the Defence Minister of Egypt, General Mohamed Zaki at the exchange of an MoU to enhance bilateral defence cooperation, in Cairo, Egypt on September 19, 2022.

Rajnath Singh also invited his Egyptian counterpart to the India-Africa Defence Dialogue and IOR Defence Ministers’ Conclave, scheduled to be held as part of 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat between October 18-22, 2022.

As part of his day’s engagements, the Defence Minister paid homage at the Unknown Soldier Memorial and Tombstone of the late Egyptian President Anwar El–Sadat in Cairo.