- According to the Defense Ministry, this was the first ever visit by a serving commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces to India.
- The purpose of the visit was to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation.
- The Saudi army chief arrived in India on Monday and finished his three-day journey on Wednesday.
NEW DELHI: Lieutenant General Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutair, serving commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces, made a “historic and historic” first visit to India this week, the Indian Defense Ministry said.
According to a statement from the Indian Defense Ministry, the Saudi army chief arrived in India on Monday (February 14) and ended his three-day journey on Wednesday (February 16).
“This was the first ever visit by a serving royal commander of the Saudi Land Forces to India and marks an intensification of bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries,” the statement added.
The ministry said Indian army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane had visited Saudi Arabia in December 2020 on a “historic visit”, marking the first time an Indian army chief had visited Saudi Arabia.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries.
According to details, the Saudi army chief was received by Naravane in South Block on February 15, 2022, where he was given a ceremonial guard of honor.
He met COAS for important bilateral discussions and was briefed on security aspects.
“The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia has grown thanks to common interests in economic prosperity, eliminating the scourge of terrorism and mitigating the effects of climate change. Defense diplomacy is one of the most important principles of the overall relationship,” the statement read.