Army chief to visit Japan from Monday

New Delhi: Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh will embark on a four-day goodwill visit to Japan from Monday as part of the ongoing high-level exchanges between the two countries.

During his visit, the Army chief is scheduled to interact with senior officials of Japanese Self Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence to discuss a wide range of issues to enhance military cooperation.

“He will also visit training establishments and Formation Headquarters. The visit will further cement the longstanding ties between India and Japan, which are based on a shared commitment towards world peace and regional security,” an official statement said.

India’s relations with Japan have undergone a significant transformation since the establishment of the India-Japan Global partnership for the 21st Century in August, 2000 and the enhancement of its status to a ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan in September last year.

The Defence Cooperation between the two countries has been characterised by cooperation in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, exchange of training courses, exchanges at the functional level and cooperation in United Nations peace keeping operations.