In the ongoing defence expo, the ‘Lucknow Declaration’ was adopted yesterday at the India – Africa Defence Conclave held on the sidelines of the event. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterparts from 12 African countries along with representatives of 38 other African countries were present at the conclave, which was organised for the first time.
The ‘Lucknow Declaration’ recalled the Indian contribution to defence and security in the African continent and states that terrorism is a major threat in the region.
Addressing the conclave Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that India is an all weather friend of Africa and Africa is at the top of India’s priorities. AIR correspondent reports that 14 MoUs had been signed yesterday between India and Russia which will pave way for production of different Russian defence equipment in India.
Today, the main function on the third day of Defexpo is Bandhan – Ceremony in which MoUs will be signed in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Seven seminars will also be held on the third day, on various issues.