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India, Fiji ink pact to ramp up defence cooperation

The two countries also agreed to deepen cooperation in maritime security sphere.

india Updated: May 29, 2017 22:20 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Defence minister Arun Jaitley and minister of defence and national security, Republic of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola sign an MoU, in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)

India and Fiji on Monday signed an agreement that provides for stepping up defence and security ties including in defence production and military training.

The deal was signed after defence minister Arun Jaitley held extensive talks with his Fijian counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola during which they also agreed to deepen cooperation in maritime security sphere.

“The two ministers also discussed expanded defence partnership in maritime security between both the countries, and naval cooperation was identified as an area of promise,” the defence ministry said.

It said the MoU on defence cooperation envisages several areas of cooperation including in defence industry, military training and humanitarian assistance and disaster management.

Kubuabola was given a Tri-Services guard of honour at the lawns of South Block.

Earlier, the visiting minister laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Earlier in the day, Kubuabola visited the Western Naval Command in Mumbai.

First Published: May 29, 2017 22:18 IST