Union defence minister of India Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that India had to play an active role to ensure a peaceful and prosperous co-existence of all other countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) since it was the largest country and had a vast coastline in the region.

A total of 22 countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates Somalia, Madagascar and Tanzania are a part of the IOR.

Speaking at the IOR defence ministers’ conclave, Singh said that the convention should focus on security, commerce, connectivity, fight against terrorism and inter-cultural exchanges among participating countries.

He said that India’s defence and aerospace industry presented a significant and attractive opportunity for international companies across the supply chain to take their cooperation to newer levels.

The Government of India was also ready to provide various kinds of defence equipment such as missile systems, radars, tanks etc to other foreign countries, he added.

India is ready to supply various types of Missile systems, LCA/Helicopters, Multi-Purpose Light Transport aircraft, Warship & Patrol Vessels, Artillery Gun systems, Tanks, Radars, Military Vehicles, Electronic Warfare Systems & other weapons systems to IOR countries, the Defence Minister said.

 

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