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Dustlik 2019


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India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise ‘Dustlik-2019’ between November 4 to 13.

Key data’s:

  • This is the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations (India and Uzbekistan).
  • Focus: Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorist Operations in mountainous, rural and urban areas.
  • Location: Chirchiq training area, Uzbekistan.
  • The exercise being conducted as part of military diplomacy between the two nations.
  • A 45-member from Indian Army contingent will participate during the historic exercise.

Focus areas of both countries:

  • India: On Cordon and Search Operations, Room Intervention and Mobile Vehicle Check Post.
  • Uzbekistan: On Tactical drills and Survival techniques in mountains and deserts.

SCO Meeting:

  • Defence minister Shri Rajnath Singh, visiting Uzbekistan on November 1 to attend the SCO meeting.
  • He will also have a meeting with Uzbekistan’s defence minister.
  • Both leaders will discuss on the following matters;
    • Military education and Cooperation
    • Military medicine.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

  • It is also known as “Shanghai Pact”.
  • It is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation.
  • Aim: To strengthen the exchange and cooperation in the field of mass media amongst SCO countries.
  • Headquarters: Beijing, China. 
  • Established year: 2001 – Came into effect since 2003.
  • Founding members: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Full time members: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan have got the membership in 2017.
  • Observer status: Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia.
  • Dialogue partners: Sri Lanka, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal.
  • Last SCO Meeting: The member states has met in June at a conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where they called for greater cooperation to tackle the threat of terrorism.

Importance of SCO’s membership for India: 

  • It will strengthen India’s position in Central Asia
  • Greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia
  • Greater cooperation in dealing with terrorism as well as on issues relating to security and defence in the region.
  • A platform for India to engage Pakistan in a wider regional setting & help boost anti-terrorism cooperation. 


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