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In first foreign visit after taking over as CDS, Gen Bipin Rawat to visit Russia, US

The CDS conference would be focusing on addressing the regional security issues and Afghanistan is also likely to come up for discussion, they said.

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New Delhi Published on: September 19, 2021 16:32 IST
In first foreign visit after taking over as CDS, Gen Bipin
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In first foreign visit after taking over as CDS, Gen Bipin Rawat to visit Russia, US

In his first visit abroad after taking over as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat will be visiting Russia and the US.

Rawat took over his new office as CDS on December 31, 2019, and since then has been declining foreign invitations for focusing on the new assignment of integrating the defence forces as a combined fighting force.

"There is a conference of the CDS-rank officers of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement member countries. China and Pakistan are also part of this grouping," senior defence officials said.

The CDS conference would be focusing on addressing the regional security issues and Afghanistan is also likely to come up for discussion, they said.

The CDS would also witness the activities of the respective armed forces taking part in the SCO peace mission drills being held in Russia. Indian Army and Air Force are also taking part in the exercise there.

The visit will take place in the coming week and soon after return from Russia, Rawat would be leaving for the US for meeting his counterpart and other American military leadership at the Pentagon.

The two countries have been coming closer militarily in the last few years and have been holding multiple military exercises and hardware cooperation.

The Indian military saw a major change in senior-level structures under the Narendra Modi government as the focus is now on theatrisation of the fighting forces and bringing in more capabilities and jointness among the three services.

(With ANI inputs)

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