Brazilian Army Commander on 6-day visit to India to bolster defence ties

General Tomas Miguel Mine Ribeiro Paiva, Commander of the Brazilian Army, is on a six day visit to India from 28th August to 2nd September 2023, with a view to bolster defence ties.

The visit marks a significant milestone in the longstanding relationship between the armed forces of India and Brazil.

The visit commenced with a poignant wreath- laying ceremony at the National War Memorial on 29th August, where General Tomas paid homage to the fallen heroes of the Indian Armed Forces who have made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

This solemn act of remembrance epitomises the shared commitment of both the nations to peace and security.

Thereafter, a ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to General Tomas at the South Block Lawns in New Delhi after which he called on General Manoj Pande, the Chief of the Army Staff.

They exchanged ideas and held constructive discussions on various contemporary issues.

Further, they also discussed issues pertaining to strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two armies.

General Tomas Miguel Mine Ribeiro Paiva later called on General Anil Chauhan, the Chief of Defence Staff and interacted with Shri Giridhar Aramane, the Defence Secretary.

These discussions underscored the shared goals of enhancing defence ties / cooperation and collaboration between the two nations.

Besides, during his visit, General Tomas also engaged in productive interactions with senior officers at the Army Headquarters, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

These engagements exemplify the commitment to mutual growth and shared excellence in military best practices.

As part of the itinerary, General Tomas Miguel Mine Ribeiro Paiva is also slated to witness manoeuvre and firing of various weapon platforms at the Pokaran Field Firing Ranges.

The firing will demonstrate the capabilities of weapon systems possessed by the Indian Army including indigenous weapon systems.

The visit of General Tomas Miguel Mine Ribeiro Paiva underlines the deep- rooted bond between the armies of India and Brazil.

Noteworthy, this visit not only strengthens military cooperation but also reinforces the commitment of both nations to collaborative security efforts, global peace and prosperity.