India is set to host the inaugural India-Africa Army Chiefs Conclave on March 28, followed by a nine-day military exercise with African armies starting on March 21 in Pune.
The move aims to strengthen India’s ties with African countries in the face of China’s growing influence on the continent. The conclave is expected to see up to 22 Army Chiefs and representatives of Army Chiefs from African nations in attendance, along with senior military members and representatives from the defense and foreign affairs ministries.
The military exercise, AFINDEX-2023, will involve contingents from over 20 nations, including the army leaders of Congo, Niger, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Seychelles, Gambia, Tanzania, and Kenya. India has invited all 54 African nations to participate in the drill, which will include an exhibition of India’s military platforms and tools.