‘Office to work to enhance defense, security co-operation’
NEW DELHI, Feb 20, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait has opened an office for military engagement in the Republic of India in an effort to realize the wish of Kuwaiti leadership to increase cooperation between the two friendly countries in the defense and security fields.
In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Kuwaiti Ambassador to India Jassim Al-Najem said opening of the military office in New Delhi attests that there is a real desire to increase defense and security cooperation between the two friendly countries. During a reception hosted by the embassy to welcome head of the Military Liaison Officer Colonel Fahad Al-Shammari and Assistant Head of the Office Colonel Nawaf Al-Obaidan in the presence of Arab ambassadors and heads of Arab military officials in New Delhi, the Kuwaiti ambassador affirmed that the opening of the military office is an expression of a firm desire to enhance cooperation in the military fields between the two countries and is expected to help increase exchange visits by concerned officials and conducting bilateral and multilateral military exercises.
It is expected that the military office will work to enhance defense and security cooperation between the two countries by participating in a number of military events, exhibitions and conferences held by India from time to time, the ambassador said.
The opening of the Kuwait office for military engagement in New Delhi is a step of great importance in the bilateral relations between the two countries as both have made substantial progress in a number of fields, particularly trade and economic, since the diplomatic relations between the two countries began in June 1962, as India was one of the first countries to recognize Kuwait’s independence.
India had held an international military exhibition in the city of Lucknow in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh earlier this month to highlight its military capabilities. The event, held every two years in an effort to turn India into a global center for defense industry, military delegations from 70 countries and more than 170 global companies alongside 850 Indian defense companies participated displaying advanced military and defence equipment.
India also holds annual joint military exercises with a number of neighboring and Arab countries and global forces, particularly the US, Russia, China, the UK, Japan, Australia and France. India also imparts military training to personnel from neighboring and Arab countries in the Indian military institutes.