Army Chief embarks on a four day visit to France

General Manoj Pande, the Chief of the Army Staff will be on a visit to France from 14 to 17 November 2022. During the four day visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and senior military leadership of France with an aim to enhance defence cooperation between both nations.

“General Manoj Pande #COAS proceeded on a four-day visit to #France. The visit aims to further enhance the existing defence relation between both Nations,” said the army on its twitter handle.

During the visit, the Army Chief will be laying wreath at Neuve Chapelle Indian Memorial, which commemorates the sacrifices of 4,742 Indian soldiers during the First World War. He is scheduled to call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief of the Army Staff, and Commander Commandement des Forces Terrestres (CFT) / Command of the Land Combat Forces, where he will discuss avenues for enhancing India-France defence relations.

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The COAS will be visiting Ecole Militarie, comprising of various military training establishments in Paris and address Senior Staff Officers attending a course at Ecole de Guerra-T. He will also be visiting Military Schools at Draguignan, which are premier training establishments that train commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers.

The ever-expanding defence cooperation engagements which encompass a broad spectrum of activities have established a strong bonhomie across every level of the two Armies. The visit of the COAS to France will further strengthen the bonds of trust and understanding between the two armies.

India and France are expanding their defence cooperation very fastly through high-level visits.

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Recently Army Chief General Manoj Pande met French Chief of Staff of Air and Space Force, General Stephane Mille, and discussed various aspects of defence cooperation between both two nations on November 7.

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF) concluded a bilateral exercise, named ‘Garuda VII’, from October 26 to November 12, 2022, at Air Force Station Jodhpur.

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