Military-to-military cooperation between both the countries have reached a new level, the Egyptian President said

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh agreed to further develop military cooperation between the two sides when the latter called on him in Cairo on Monday.

"Privileged to call on the President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo today. India and Egypt continue to work on enhancing mutual trust and confidence. It was reaffirmed that both the countries are committed to expanding our multi-faceted cooperation," Singh tweeted after the meeting.

According to the Ministry of Defence, both leaders agreed to further develop military cooperation and focus on joint training, defence coproduction and maintenance of equipment. They emphasised the need for coproduction and to discuss specific proposals in that regard.

The Egyptian President expressed appreciation that military-to-military cooperation between both the countries had reached a new level. He said that signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation is a major achievement, the ministry pointed out.

Defence Minister Singh expressed appreciation for the firm stand taken by Egypt against terrorism. President Sisi emphasised that there is need for India & Egypt to exchange expertise and best practices in countering the threat of terrorism, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Defence Minister also acknowledged that Egypt is among the most important trading partners of India in Africa and that bilateral trade has expanded significantly.

He noted with satisfaction the close cooperation in multilateral forums between India and Egypt. Shri Rajnath Singh conveyed his best wishes for the successful hosting of COP27 in November 2022.