India and Egypt are set to hold the first-ever military exercises involving the special forces in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur, Egypt’s Ambassador to India Wael Hamed said on Monday.

“We for the first time ever will hold joint military exercises with special forces participating together from Egypt and India in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur. And we are expanding our defence cooperation not only to joint exercises of air forces and naval but also in special forces,” Hamed said while addressing the media persons here in New Delhi.

Talking about the bilateral trade target, Ambassador said that the USD 12 billion doesn’t represent the potential of both of the countries. Earlier, Ausaf Sayeed, secretary (CPV & OIA), MEA said that the bilateral trade was recorded at an all-time high of US dollars 7.2 billion between 2021 and 2022 and further hoped for trade to further increase to about 12 billion.

Earlier, at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Panel Discussion on India-Egypt Ties in Changing Global Order, Sayeed stressed that India and Egypt have immense potential and can attain even greater heights through bilateral engagements based on shared interests.

“India-Egypt partnership has immense potential and can achieve greater heights based on commonalities of Global South which we historically share. We have excellent cooperation in multilateral forums and a good understanding of regional and global issues,” he added.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as chief guest for the Republic Day and the invitation was warmly received.

He further stated, “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited President Sisi as chief guest for our Republic Day and President Sisi has warmly accepted the invitation. We have invited Egypt as the guest country during our G20 Presidency this year. It is a matter of satisfaction and the civilization that links between India and Egypt have not only stood the test of time but have also further strengthened by mutual warmth, friendship, and goodwill.”