International News Update : New chapter of defence ties between India and Madagascar

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Anatavario, Mar 30 :  A five member Indian mobile training team completed imparting 14 days special training to 50 Malagasy Special Forces in the port city of Antsiranana.

The Malagasy special forces consisted from both the navy and army of Madagascar. Indian Navy mobile training team was deployed in Madagascar for capacity building and training of the Malagasy Special Forces for two weeks from 14-28 March 2021. National Defence Minister of Madagascar Major General Léon Jean Richard Rakotonir ina thanked the Government of India, especially Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian Ambassador to Madagascar Abhay Kumar in a video message, for making this training possible which will help Madagascar in protecting its coasts.

He said—“it is unprecedented in the history of our nation that land and marine forces did joint training. The focus of this training is to reform Malagasy forces and to build their capacity to protect the island and its natural resources and biodiversity.”

The 5 member Mobile Training Team left Madagascar today onboard INS Jalashwa which had brought humanitarian aid for Madagascar.

UNI

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