Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will host the second India-Africa Defense Dialogue (ADDED) outside the DefExpo programmed in Gandhinagar in Gujarat in March next year, an official said Monday.
The first IADD was held in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh together with DefExpo in February last year, which was co-organized by the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.
“India proposes to institutionalize IADD during DefExpos, which are held once every two years. It will help build on existing partnerships with African countries. IADD will explore new areas of convergence for mutual engagement, including areas such as capacity building, training, cyber security, maritime security and the fight against terrorism, ”the official said.
The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis will be IADD’s knowledge partner and help provide the necessary support for further defense cooperation between India and Africa.
“India and Africa share a close and historical relationship. The foundations of defense relations between India and Africa are based on two guiding principles, namely ‘SAGAR’ (Security and growth for all in the region) and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam‘(The world is a family), ”he said.
In accordance with the general policy to intensify military outreach in Africa, the Army also conducted the first Africa-India military field training exercise, which included 18 countries on the continent, at the Aundh military station in Pune in March. 2019.
In addition to the visits of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat to Africa, India has also been holding defense cooperation talks with countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.