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India, Italy look to reinvigorate defence trade and industry collaboration

31 October 2017

India and Italy have outlined plans to establish a joint defence committee to support greater levels of defence industrial collaboration between the two countries.

Following meetings in New Delhi on 30 October between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, a joint statement said the new defence committee will be convened in the first half of 2018.

The statement said the committee will support enhanced bilateral defence co-operation and “structured dialogue” as well as “interactions between Indian and Italian companies”.

The statement indicated that the two countries would look to expand defence industrial collaboration through Italian exports and associated technology transfers to facilitate Indian production.

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