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Indian Army chief on visit to Australia

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A file photo of Indian Army Chief V K Singh.

NEW DELHI (PTI): Army Chief General V K Singh is on a four-day visit to Australia seeking to boost defence cooperation between the two countries.

The Army Chief, who left on Monday, will hold talks with Australian Defence Secretary Ian Watt and its Chief of Defence Forces Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

The Indian Army Chief's visit to Canberra comes a month after Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had visited for a security dialogue there.

He will also hold talks with his Australian counterpart Lt Gen Ken Gillespie.

Singh will also visit various training institutions, service headquarters and operational units.

India and Australia share common interests in spheres of maritime security, counter terrorism, disarmament, non-proliferation, peacekeeping and disaster management and are members of Commonwealth and various other international forum.

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