India and Germany comprehensively reviewed the gamut of bilateral defence cooperation which is emerging as an important facet of both the countries’ Strategic Partnership.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman concluded an official bilateral visit (12-13 February 2019) to Berlin at the invitation of her counterpart, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany, Dr Ursula von der Leyen.
Both the ministers noted with satisfaction the steady growth in bilateral defence ties.
They also signed an Implementing Arrangement on Enhanced Defence and Defence Industry Cooperation which would further strengthen military to military engagement as well as defence industry and R & D linkages.
Besides, they exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.
Further the minister addressed a select audience at the prestigious German think tank DGAP (German Council on Foreign Relations), on ‘India’s Defence Engagement in a Disordered World: Principles, Priorities and Partnerships’.
She highlighted India’s defence priorities and engagements with the aim to contribute towards a secure, stable and peaceful environment and enable greater prosperity for all.
Ms Sitharaman emphasised the need for like-minded liberal democracies with common values and common interests, such as India and Germany, to build on the commonality of assessments on strategic issues and work together to strengthen the rules-based world order.
During her visit, she also interacted with CEOs of German and Indian defence industry.
The Minister urged them to expand their collaboration in defence manufacturing in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative as well as promote defence technology and R&D cooperation with Indian companies.