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UK Defense Secretary agrees closer cooperation with India

Staff Writer | April 14, 2017
The Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon visited India this week to strengthen UK-Indian defense and security relations.
Sir Michael Fallon
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Sir Michael attended the first meeting as part of the 2015 Defense and International Security Partnership (DISP), with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley.

The pair discussed UK-Indian defense industries, upcoming exercises and global security among other topics.

The Defense counterparts jointly set out their ambitions to design, make, exercise, transform, train and co-operate together.

They reaffirmed their intent for a stronger, deeper, wider relationship that delivers growth and jobs in the UK and India, improves regional security and supports both nations’ interests globally.

The Defense Secretary visited Mumbai and Delhi over three days.

During the visit Sir Michael laid a wreath at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai to commemorate the 2008 terror attacks, visited an Indian Naval ship, delivered speeches at two think tank events and laid a wreath at Delhi’s India Gate to honour Indians who fought and died in the First World War.

Today’s meeting between the Defense Ministers marked the inaugural annual UK-India Strategic Defense Dialogue, as laid out in the DISP.

The DISP agreed to Capability Partnerships to help collaborate with Indian industry under the Make in India agenda and Defense Minister Harriett Baldwin addressed the Make in India Conference in February this year.

Over the past decade, the UK has exported £2.15 billion of defense equipment and services to India.

From learning from each other on joint aircraft carrier journeys, to collaboration on defense science and technology projects, the UK and India are elevating their partnership, bringing greater opportunities for their respective defense industries and Armed Forces.