India-Saudi defence cooperation


India and Saudi Arabia have decided to set up a joint committee on defence cooperation, as announced on the sidelines of the visit of a high-level delegation of Indian defence policy-makers, led by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, to Riyadh on Tuesday. “At the delegation-level talks, India and Saudi Arabia decided to set up a Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation to work out the contours of the relationship,” said Sitanshu Kar, Indian Defence Ministry spokesman. Both countries aim to lower their reliance on weapons and defence equipment imports through joint development and production. India intends to spend more than $100 bn on defence equipment during the next five years.

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