Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, currently on a five-day visit to Riyadh from February 4th to 8th, 2024, for the World Defence Show 2024, has achieved a significant milestone with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Munitions India Limited and a local partner. The MoU, signed on the sidelines of the event, signifies a mutual commitment to enhancing defence cooperation, technology transfer, and joint production efforts, showcasing the deepening collaboration between India and Saudi Arabia in the field of defence.
During his visit, Minister Bhatt engaged in discussions with key Saudi officials, including Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, highlighting the importance of bolstering bilateral defence ties. Discussions emphasized joint training exercises, the exchange of expertise, and collaboration aimed at enhancing regional security.
Minister Bhatt also met with the Assistant Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khaled Al-Bayari, focusing on further enhancing the long-standing defence cooperation between the two nations. These discussions explored areas of mutual interest, including increasing joint training exercises and technology transfer.
Productive engagements included discussions with Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), aimed at strengthening collaborative efforts between India and Saudi Arabia in defence. These discussions pave the way for enhanced regional security and cooperation.
Minister Bhatt commended Indian defence companies for their innovative technologies showcased at the event, highlighting the potential for further collaboration. He emphasized the alignment between Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and India’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiatives, stressing the shared goal of technological advancement and self-reliance.
This visit marks a significant step forward in the India-Saudi Arabia partnership, laying the groundwork for expanded cooperation in defence. Minister Bhatt expressed confidence in the continued growth of the alliance, foreseeing a safer and more prosperous future for both nations and the broader region.