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NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto in Rome on October 9 on the first leg of his visit to Italy and France, according to Ministry of Defence press release.
During the meeting, both sides discussed a host of defence cooperation issues, including training, sharing of information, maritime exercises and maritime security. The focus was on the opportunities in defence industrial cooperation, it said.
The two Ministers discussed the complementary capacities of India and Italy in defence and the possibilities of joint development. Singh suggested fostering the interaction of the Indian start-ups with the Italian defence companies.
The meeting was followed by the signing of the agreement on cooperation in the field of defence. The agreement will promote bilateral cooperation in varied defence domains, such as security and defence policy, R&D, education in military field, maritime domain awareness, sharing of defence information and industrial cooperation, including co-development, co-production & setting up of joint ventures.
In a social media post on ‘X’, Singh said, “Had a warm and productive meeting with the Italian Defence Minister Mr Guido Crosetto in Rome. We discussed a host of issues pertaining to defence cooperation which included training, information sharing and maritime security. An Agreement on Defence cooperation was also signed between India and Italy. We look forward to further consolidating our defence partnership.”
Earlier, Singh was presented with a Guard of Honour at Villa Madama. Upon his arrival at Ciampino Airport, the Raksha Mantri was received by the Indian Ambassador to Italy Dr Neena Malhotra and senior Italian officials.