In Rome, India and Italy held a military cooperation group conference.

From May 31 to June 1, the 11th edition of the India-Italy Military Cooperation Group (MCG) was held in Rome. The conversation centred on enhancing the two nations’ ongoing defence engagements and executing new initiatives under the existing bilateral defence cooperation system.

The conference was co-chaired from the Indian side by the deputy assistant chief of the integrated staff IDC(A), HQ IDS Brigadier Vivek Narang and from the Italian side by Brigadier General Alessandro Grassano.

The India-Italy Military Cooperation Group (MCG) is a forum designed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation. It holds frequent strategic and operational consultations between the Indian and Italian armed forces’ headquarters, integrated defence staff, and joint staff headquarters.

According to India’s Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS), both parties expressed pleasure with the vast scope and depth of bilateral military cooperation and discussed operationalizing new pathways to further strengthen bilateral military ties.