February 2019 \ News \ DIPLOMACY

Keeping regional security in mind, India has scaled up its defence cooperation with its extended neighbourhood in the last three ...

Apart from holding joint naval exercises, the UAE is now looking at India as a potential source of defence equipment. There have been positive outreaches from India to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. “We are now exploring the possibility of a joint army exercise with Egypt,” one source said.

It is learnt that other countries like Jordan and Morocco are also engaging with India in a more active manner, especially in terms of counter-terrorism.

India has also boosted its defence cooperation with Central Asian nations like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, according to the sources.