Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande has left for the US on a four-day visit. The visit is aimed at exploring ways to further expand bilateral military engagement. The Army described Gen Pande’s visit from February 13 to 16 as ‘significant’ and it underscores deepening military cooperation between the two countries.
The Chief of Army Staff will engage in high-level discussions and interactions with Gen Randy George, Chief of Staff of the US Army, and other senior American military leaders. “The Indian Army and the United States Army share a commitment to peace, democracy, and stability across regions. This tour epitomizes the shared values and interests that underpin the partnership between India and the United States, aiming at a future of enhanced cooperation and mutual development in defense and security domains,” the Army said.
Highlights of the visit include a prestigious US Army Honor Guard ceremony, a solemn laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery and a comprehensive tour of the Pentagon. These engagements symbolize the respect and mutual commitment towards global peace and security shared between the two countries, the Army said.
“This visit is another milestone in the Indo-US defense relationship, reflecting a mutual desire to enhance military collaboration, exchange strategic perspectives on global threat perceptions, and work together toward future force development and modernization,” it said.
“The engagements between General Manoj Pande and senior leadership of the United States Army are poised to yield substantive outcomes, fostering an environment conducive to shared security interests and defense cooperation,” it said.