- INS Satpura visited Suva, Fiji from 01 – 03 September 2022 as part of its Operational Deployment in the Pacific Ocean.
- The ship’s visit is aimed at further strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
- During the port call, there were high level exchanges between the ship’s crew and the Fiji Navy. The crew led by her Commanding Officer also paid homage to martyred soldiers at Fiji’s National War Memorial.
- As part of the community outreach programme, planting of a thousand mangrove saplings was undertaken by the ship’s crew in coordination with Fiji’s forestry department.
- A medical camp was also conducted by the ship’s medical team at Albert Stadium, which saw large participation from the local populace.
- The ship was open to visitors during which a large number of locals visited the ship furthering the people-to-people connect between the two nations. Further, a special Yoga session was conducted on the ship’s Helo deck for personnel from Fiji Navy and local citizens.
Defense Ministry’s visit to Mongolia
- Giving push to strategic partnership with East Asian countries, Raksha Shri Rajnath Singh will pay an official visit to Mongolia from 05-07 September, 2022.
- The upcoming visit by Raksha Mantri is the first ever visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Mongolia and will further consolidate the defence cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries.
- During the visit, Shri Rajnath Singh will hold bilateral talks with Mongolia’s Minister of Defence, Lt Gen. Saikhanbayar.
- He shall call on the President of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. U. Khurelsukh and Chairman of the State Great Khural of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. G Zandanshatar.
- The two democracies have a common interest infostering peace and prosperity in the entire region.
- India and Mongolia share a strategic partnership and the defence is a key pillar of this partnership.
- The bilateral defence engagements with Mongolia have been expanding over a period of time to include wide ranging contacts between the two countries, including Joint Working Group meeting, military to military exchanges, high level visits, capacity building and training programmes and bilateral exercises.
SOURCE: THE HINDU
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