Highlights of Defence Minister's visit to Uzbekistan

Last modified:2019-12-12


Highlights of Defence Minister's visit to Uzbekistan

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh visited Uzbekistan from 1-3 November 2019. During his visit, he held bilateral consultations with Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov.

Rajnath Singh visited Uzbekistan:

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh visited Uzbekistan from 1-3 November 2019.  During his visit, he held bilateral consultations with Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov. Rajnath Singh's visit is the first by an Indian Defence Minister to Uzbekistan in about 15 years.


Highlights:

♦ Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh and  Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov agreed to work together to raise their level of engagement in the defence sphere for the strategic partnership. 
♦ They also shared their views and approaches on international and a range of regional to promote regional stability, security, combatting extremism, and terrorism.
♦ The Ministers signed an MoU on cooperation in the field of Military Medicine between the Armed Forces of the two countries. Both the countries agreed to have discussions at the expert level to enhance their exchanges in the field. 
♦ Two Institution-to-Institution MoUs were signed to train and capacity building in both countries. It aimed at providing higher military learning of the two countries. The MoU is a byproduct of the MoU signed on Military Education signed in October 2018.
♦ The two ministers witnessed the first-ever exchange over a video-link between the Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan in Tashkent and College of Defence Management in Secunderabad.
♦ The ministers jointly presided over the Curtain Raiser of the India-Uzbekistan Joint Exercise Dustlik 2019 on 3 November 2019. The exercise has been scheduled to be held from 4-13 November 2019 at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent.
♦ Minister Rajnath Singh invited Maj Gen Kurbanov to visit India to continue the military dialogue between India and Uzbekistan.

Defence ties between India and Uzbekistan:

Since the visit of the then Defence Minister of Uzbekistan to India in September 2018, the countries have an enhanced level of defence engagement. 
The first-ever Joint Working Group (JWG)  on Defence Cooperation between the countries was held in February 2019. The first Defence-Industry Workshop was organized in Tashkent in September 2019.
India offered a concessional line of credit of $40 million for the procurement of goods and services by Uzbekistan from India. Other activities like training, capacity building, and education between the Armed Forces on both sides have also shown improvement

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