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PRESS RELEASE ON THE VISIT TO USA BY GENERAL BIKRAM SINGH, CHIEF OF THE INDIAN ARMY

Washington, DC
December 7, 2013

India`s Chief of the Army Staff, General Bikram Singh visited USA from 2-5 Dec 2013. The visit assumes special significance in the light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries over the last few years and rapidly increasing engagements under the framework for India-US defence relations. The Army Chief visited important defence establishments of the US military and met a number of high-ranking defence and civilian officials at Washington, DC.

General Singh was inducted into the US Army War College (USAWC) International Fellows Hall of Fame, an outstanding honour in the international military community for "having made a significant and enduring military/humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability" while holding the highest military rank in India. He delivered a keynote speech to the USAWC graduating class of 2013-2014. General Singh is also an alumnus of the USAWC located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, having graduated with the class of 2004.

During the visit, General Singh was honoured with a full honours ceremony by General Ray Odierno, United States Army Chief of Staff. During their discussion, the two Chiefs reviewed the ongoing army-to-army cooperation and opportunities to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, including through joint training exercises and military exchanges. General Singh also utilized the opportunity to discuss the US-India defence relationship with other senior US military leadership and advance India`s military interests.