India Uzbekistan

India recently witnessed a great milestone in terms of foreign relations as India and Uzbekistan inked 3 MoUs related to military education and military medicine, during the three-day visit of our Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

He organised a bilateral meeting with Uzbekistan counterpart, Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov on Sunday ( November 3, 2019 ) after which the MOUs were inked on the anvil

 It was the first time that any Indian defence minister visited the central Asian nation in the past fifteen years. 

The MoUs included:

  • Cooperation in the field of military medicine.
  • Institution-to-institution MoU on training and capacity building between institutes of higher military learning of the two countries.
  • Rajnath Singh and General Nizamovich even exchanged a video-link between College of Defence Management in Secunderabad, India and the Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan, Tashkent.
  • A joint exercise Dustlik 2019 was also announced.
  • Dustlik is supposed to be run from November 4 to 13 to tackle counter-terrorism at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent between the two armed forces.

During the meeting, both the honourable ministers expressed their satisfaction in contributing to the defence aspect of their respective countries.

“This enhanced level of engagement is reflected in the first-ever meeting of the 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. The direct exchanges related to training, capacity building and education between the armed forces on both sides have also witnessed a significant upswing,” said a Defence Ministry Statement.

According to the officials, as the MoUs were inked, the defence ministers of India and Uzbekistan agreed to follow the same pattern in the coming years as well and collaborate in the field of defence. 

These alliances are sure to strengthen the relationship between both the countries based on their common approach and attitude towards international issues, including promoting regional stability and security and combating extremism and terrorism.