The first meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation was held New Delhi on September 10. The 11-member Saudi delegation was headed by Maj Gen Suleiman Saleh Al-Khalifa, Chief of the Armed Forces Operations of Saudi Arabia. The Indian delegation was headed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence.
The establishment of the Joint Committee had been decided during the
meeting of the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony with the Saudi Defence
Minister (and now also Crown Prince) Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al
Saud, during the Defence Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia in February,
2012. The Joint Committee was mandated to formulate a programme to
develop areas of cooperation between the defence establishments of both
countries. During the meeting both sides expressed their interest in further
enhancing defence exchanges and interactions between their armed forces.
Proposals for exchange of high level visits, training exchanges and
functional exchanges in various areas were discussed and will be
finalized over the coming weeks.