The India-Africa Defence Dialogue (IADD) will take place on October 18 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in conjunction with the 12th DefExpo. During the dialogue, Rajnath Singh, the minister of defence, will host his counterparts from African countries.
“India and Africa have strong, traditional relations.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2018 declaration of the Kampala Principles serves as the foundation for India’s policy toward Africa. According to the ministry of defence, India’s engagement is based on African priorities as stated by Africans themselves.
About 200,000 troops and police personnel from India are now serving as UN peacekeepers. India has actively aided Africa’s cybersecurity and counterterrorism initiatives. Following Emperor Haile Selassie’s request to then-Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to open its first-ever foreign training centre in Africa, India’s defence cooperation with Africa began in 1956.
On February 6, 2020, in conjunction with DefExpo, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh hosted the inaugural India-Africa Defence Ministers Conclave. At the conclusion of the conclave, a Joint Declaration known as the “Lucknow Declaration” was adopted.
In order to explore new points of convergence for mutual involvement, especially in areas like capacity building, training, cyber security, maritime security, and counterterrorism, the discussion will assist expand on the ties already in place between African countries and India.
The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) is the dialogue’s knowledge partner.
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