INDIA/UAE/SAUDI ARABIA – India army chief embarks on ‘historic’ trip to UAE, Saudi Arabia (Bilal Kuchay, Al Jazeera)

India’s army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane has embarked on an “historic” six-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the first such visit to the two Gulf countries by the head of the military.

The visit by General Naravane, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), is aimed at “strengthening the country’s strategic and defence cooperation” with the two nations, a statement from the Indian army said on Tuesday, adding that it is an “historic” trip.