Faced with mounting pressure from China on borders, Indian army chief visits Israel for help


New Delhi, November 15 (KMS): In view of mounting pressure from Chinese Republican Army in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane has left for Israel on a five-day visit to seek help and advice from the Jewish state on the matter.

The visit by the Army chief comes weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar travelled to Israel to explore ways to boost strategic ties, Indian army said in a tweet.

Officials said Gen Naravane will hold wide-ranging talks with the top military brass of Israel on boosting overall military cooperation between the two countries.

India and Israel on Tuesday had inked an agreement to jointly develop next-generation technologies and products such as drones, robotics, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

India has been a major buyer of Israel’s military hardware. Israel has been supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles to India over the last few years but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains. KMS—5K