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INDIA AND UZBEKISTAN BILATERAL RELATIONS

Written by Talent KAS

Related Topic in KAS Prelims Syllabus:

International Relations [Paper-I]: India’s Foreign Policy, International Treaties and Forums, their structure and mandate

News

  • A bilateral meeting was held between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Uzbekistan counterpart Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov, during his visit to Uzbekistan.
  • This was the first visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Uzbekistan in about 15 years.

Key Highlights

  • India and Uzbekistan inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of military medicine between the armed forces of the two countries.
  • Two institution-to-institution MoUs on training and capacity building were signed between institutes of higher military learning of the two countries.
  • The meeting also witnessed the first-ever exchange over a video-link between College of Defence Management in Secunderabad, India and the Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan, Tashkent.

Dustlik 2019

  • The two Defence Ministers presided over a curtain raiser of the first-ever India-Uzbekistan joint exercise Dustlik 2019 at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • The exercise, which is focused on counter-terrorism, will continue till November 13, 2019.
  • During the exercise, an Indian Army contingent will train along with Uzbekistan Army.
  • The exercise will enable sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and will lead to greater operational effectiveness.

Enhanced Relations

  • Enhanced level of engagement is reflected in the first ever meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Defence Cooperation in February 2019, visit of Defence Secretary of India in March 2019 and the first-ever Defence-Industry Workshop organised in Tashkent in September 2019.
  • India has offered a concessional line of credit of USD 40 million for procurement of goods and services by Uzbekistan from India.
[Source: PIB, Hindustan Times]

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