Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh (L- file picture)
New Delhi, 04 April 2016
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Dalbir Singh, is embarking on a four day goodwill visit to USA from 05 to 08 April 2016. The visit assumes special significance in light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries. The visit is a part of the ongoing High Level Exchanges between India & USA. The visit is seen as a growing military bonhomie between India and USA. According to sources, Indian Defence Secretary is also likely to visit America soon.
India-U.S. ties have been transformed in recent years with a renewed Defence Framework Agreement, supply of defence equipment, sharing of technology and military-to-military exchanges. Defence Agreements like LSA (Logistics Support Agreement), CISMOA (Communication Interoperability And Security Memorandum Of Agreement) And BECA (Basic Exchange And Cooperation Agreement) are under consideration between both the nations.
During his four days visit, the COAS is scheduled to meet the UNSG at the UN HQ to strengthen Indian Army’s commitment towards UN Missions. He will also visit CENTCOM, SOCOM & HQ 1 Corps & Maneuver Centre of Excellence (MCoE) where he will meet the Commanders & have extensive discussions. In Washington he will meet US Secretary of Army, Chairman Jt Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the US Army & Commander US Marine Corps, along with other officials.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.