The Chief of the Indian Army will inaugurate a war memorial for Indian soldiers in Italy and will also visit Great Britain


Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane will be on an official visit to Great Britain (UK) and Italy from July 5-8, where he will meet his counterparts and senior military leaders in these countries.

The highlight of the visit will be the inauguration of the Indian Army Memorial in the famous city of Cassino, Italy by Gen Naravane.

In the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II, over 5,000 Indian soldiers lost their lives while fighting to save Italy from fascist forces. Between September 1943 and April 1945, almost 50,000 Indians were used for the liberation of Italy.

Both the UK and Italy are key partners for India in areas such as defense, healthcare, aerospace, education, clean technology, renewable energy, and information and communication technology, officials said.

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The visit to the UK is scheduled for two days – July 5th and 6th. During this time, the Chief will interact with the UK Chief of Defense, Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense and other dignitaries.

India and the UK have had a strategic partnership since 2004 and have a multi-faceted relationship that spans trade and business, health, science and technology, defense and security, human relationships, climate change and close cooperation on multilateral issues.

Officials said during the second leg of his tour that the army chief will have important talks with the chief of staff and the chief of staff of the Italian army on July 7th and 8th.

In addition, the COAS will also inaugurate the Indian Army Memorial and be briefed at the Italian Army’s Counter IED Center of Excellence in Cecchingola, Rome, officials said.

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India and Italy have strong ties based on mutual respect for democracy, human rights and sovereignty. Italian defense companies have shown great interest in actively participating in the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative. Italy has also pushed for India to play a central role in the European Union’s Indo-Pacific initiative.

These visits are part of the military diplomacy that marks an ongoing process in India’s contact with key partner countries and signals India’s growing importance in the wider global community as a major player and provider of network security in the Indo-Pacific.


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