General Manoj Pande
General Manoj PandeIANS (File photo)

Chief of Army Staff Gen Manoj Pande on four-day visit to France

New Delhi, November 13, 2022

General Manoj Pande, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), will be on a four-day visit to France from November 14-17 during which he will meet his counterparts and the senior military leadership of that country to enhance defence cooperation between the two nations.

During the visit, the Army Chief will be laying a wreath at Neuve Chapelle Indian Memorial, which commemorates the sacrifices of 4,742 Indian soldiers during the First World War.

He is scheduled to call on the Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief of the Army Staff, and Commander Commandement des Forces Terrestres (CFT) / Command of the Land Combat Forces and discuss with them ways of enhancing India-France defence relations.

The COAS will be visiting Ecole Militarie, comprising various military training establishments in Paris, and address Senior Staff Officers attending a course at Ecole de Guerra-T. He will also be visiting Military Schools at Draguignan, which are premier training establishments that train commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers.

"The ever-expanding defence cooperation engagements which encompass a broad spectrum of activities have established a strong bonhomie across every level of the two Armies. The visit of the COAS to France will further strengthen the bonds of trust and understanding between the two armies," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.


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