COAS on official visit to Tanzania from 2nd to 5th October 2023

Gen Manoj Pande COAS
Gen Manoj Pande COAS

General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army, is set to embark on an official visit to Tanzania from 2nd to 5th October 2023. This visit aims to strengthen the enduring defense relations between the two nations.

During his trip, COAS will visit Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, the historic city of Zanzibar, and Arusha. He will engage in discussions and meetings with various dignitaries and senior officers from Tanzania. Among them, COAS is scheduled to meet with the Hon’ble President of the Union Republic of Tanzania, Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Key meetings include those with Hon’ble Defence Minister Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax and the Chief of Defence Force General Jacob John Mkunda. COAS will also visit Zanzibar and meet with Hon’ble President of Zanzibar, His Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi. Additionally, COAS is set to interact with General Saidi Hamisi Saidi, the Commander of the 101st Infantry Brigade.

COAS will also address the National Defence College and engage with Major General Wilbert Augustine Ibuge, the Commandant, and the faculty. Furthermore, a meeting with Brigadier General Stephen Justice Mnkande, the Commandant of the Command and Staff College, Duluti, is also on the agenda.

This visit coincides with the 2nd India Tanzania Mini DEFEXPO taking place in Dar-es-Salaam, showcasing the growing capabilities of India’s indigenous defense industry.

The bilateral defense relationship between India and Tanzania has been robust and flourishing, with the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in October 2003. Both countries have been offering vacancies for each other in professional military courses, fostering strong bonds, knowledge exchange, and best practice sharing. Tanzanian Army’s consistent participation in UN Peacekeeping training in India over the last five years reflects this collaborative spirit.

This visit by the COAS further strengthens the high-level bilateral defense engagements and the close defense ties shared between India and Tanzania, promising a stronger future partnership.

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