Saudi army chief makes first visit to India

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The Saudi Arabian army chief paid a “historic and landmark” first visit to India this week, according to a press release from the Indian Ministry of Defence.

Saudi Arabia Land Forces Commander Lt-Gen Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutair arrived in India on Monday and ended his three-day trip on Wednesday, according to the statement.

The press release noted it was the first-ever visit by a serving Royal Saudi Land Forces Commander to India and marked the “deepening bilateral defence cooperation” between the two countries, adding that it aimed to further bolster cooperation.

The Saudi chief met Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane in New Delhi on the second day of his visit and was presented a ceremonial guard of honour.

The two army chiefs later had “significant bilateral discussions” with the Indian general briefing his counterpart on security aspects, the Indian defence ministry said.

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