India And Japan Discuss Stronger Military Ties, Joint Drills
Dated : 11 Dec 2020 (IST)
The visit by the Japanese Air chief General Izutsu Shunji, comes soon after the navies of the two countries held the Malabar maritime exercise with all four Quad members in it along with the US and Australia.
The Air Force Chiefs of India and Japan discussed further strengthening their ties through joint exercises and training. The two sides held wide-ranging discussions during the visit of General Izutsu Shunji, Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self Defence Force (CoS-JASDF) who arrived on Wednesday and met his Indian counterpart Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
General Shunji will also call on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and held meetings with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and other senior officers.
They discussed the scope for enhancement of joint exercises and training between the two Air Forces. Broader cooperation for strengthening collective response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief contingencies was also discussed,” Said an IAF statement said.
The Indian Air Force said that overcoming the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, the visit reaffirms the deep-rooted commitment to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the Air Forces.
In subsequent discussions, the two Air chiefs recognised the progress made in defence ties between India and Japan and discussed avenues to further enhance cooperation and interoperability between the two Air Forces.