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  1. Yeti

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    New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) India and Saudi Arabia will enhance bilateral cooperation with defence exchanges and interaction between their armed forces, the government said Monday.

    The two countries held the first ever meeting of the joint committee on defence cooperation here Monday. It was attended by a 11-member Saudi delegation headed by armed forces operations' chief Major General Suleiman Saleh Al-Khalifa.

    "Proposals for exchange of high level visits, training exchanges and functional exchanges in various areas were discussed and will be finalised over the coming weeks," the defence ministry said in a statement.

    The joint committee has been tasked to develop programmes to further cooperation between the military establishments of the two countries.

    Both the countries decided to form the committee after Defence Minister A.K. Antony met his Saudi counterpart Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud during a visit to Saudi Arabia in February 2012.

    India-Saudi relations have are in an upswing since 2006 after King Abdullah visited New Delhi. In 2010, the two nations signed several pacts, including agreements on energy, counterterrorism, narcotics, money laundering and extradition.

    The two countries are also examining the possibility of cooperation in defence industries.



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  2. shiv

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    SA have traditionally been a US defense client while we have always been Russian client.. both can come together and definitely learn a lot from each other..
     
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    India welomes the 11-member Saudi delegation was headed by Maj Gen Suleiman Saleh Al-Khalifa, Chief of the Armed Forces Operations of Saudi Arabia. :tup: :yahoo:

    Best of luck for the first ever meeting of the joint committee on defence cooperation :woot: :tup:
     
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    Good News!! :tup:

    KSA is Strong country, we need to enhance defence cooperation with them. :)
     
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    Great News........
     
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    Good stuff, looking forward to Indo-Saudi Defence co-operation :)
     
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    Good news.

    The news should have been posted in saudi/arab defence or world affairs section. We could have got more views on the subject.
     
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    What is there to learn from Saudi Arabia? Our forces are far better trained in both Traditional and COIN operations.
     
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    as the two biggest military buyers on earth they need to cooperate to reduce dependence...........
     
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    And how do you think we cooperate with Saudi's in defence production? KSA is rather happy in purchasing products. They have no shortage of money.

    IMO its just diplomatic bonhomie being supplemented by some joint dog and pony show. Nothing more.
     
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    Theres nothing that we can learn from them but i see this more as a Stratergic/Economic step than a military one.Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Pakistan and it will be good for us if we can have good ties with them.The last time Manmohan Singh visited Saudia Arabia and got a nice reception which resulted in a few Pakistanis being upset.
     
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    Great news :D
    Surprisingly no opinion from across the border :D