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India-Kazakhstan Security Dialogue in Astana

The two countries also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and international issues of mutual concern…reports Asian Lite News

India and Kazakhstan on Thursday discussed bilateral, regional issues at the fourth Security Dialogue held in Astana

The two countries also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and international issues of mutual concern, according to an official release.

The Indian delegation was led by Deputy National Security Advisor Vikram Misri and the Kazakhstan side was led by Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan Nurzhan Kajiakbarov.

The two sides agreed on steps to be taken to further enhance bilateral security cooperation between the relevant organizations, including in the fields of counter-terrorism, combating radicalization, narcotics control, cyber security, connectivity and defence cooperation, as per the official release.

During the visit, Misri called on Aide to the President – Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan Gizat Nurdauletov and held discussions with Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kanat Tumysh.

The Indian delegation also visited facilities of interest, considering the bilateral strategic relationship between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Tumysh recently expressed optimism over India’s Presidency of G20 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) this year, said that India’s presidency will result in good outcomes, especially at a time when the world is facing a volatile and turbulent situation.

“We as a country are inspired by the leadership of India in G20 and SCO. We are also proceeding by the understanding that the motto of the Indian G20 Presidency is very important in each and every country on our planet especially in this volatile and turbulent situation,” Kanat Tumysh said.

In an interview with ANI, he said, “We congratulate India on its SCO presidency, and it’s very important to underline that it is conducted at a time of great changes to the world economy, especially like the conflicts in our planet, trade war and sanction war. But I do believe that it will result in a very good outcome.”

Hailing India’s innovation and Startup initiatives, Kanat Tumysh stated that such initiatives will create additional momentum and favourable conditions if India’s ideas for startup and innovation are utilized.

“Initiative of India to create a working group on innovation and startup is also a very important idea. We fully support this idea. Because it is very important to create opportunities for our youth. We do believe the need to utilise this idea in the sectors such as Energy cooperation, environment cooperation which will be the priorities of Kazakhstan in its SCO presidency,” Tumysh said.

“Both initiative of India and Kazakhstan will create additional momentum and will create favourable conditions if we utilise India’s ideas for startup and innovation,” he added.

On the bilateral trade relationship between India and Kazakhstan, the minister stressed the positive dynamics of bilateral trade turnover, which by the end of 2022 amounted to USD 2.4 billion, which is 16.67 per cent higher than in the previous year. (ANI)

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Joint India-Kazakhstan army drill underway in Meghalaya

The 14-day-long exercise aims at building trust and understanding of each other in the field of national security…reports Asian Lite News

The sixth edition of KazInd 2022, the joint exercise of the Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army was held at Umroi in Meghalaya.

The 14-day-long joint military exercise started on December 15. The joint annual training exercise with the Kazakhstan Army was instituted in 2016 as Exercise Prabal Dostyk, which was later upgraded to a company-level exercise and renamed as Ex Kazind in 2018.

In the sixth edition of KazInd, Kazakhstan Army soldiers, comprising troops from the Regional Command, South and Indian Army soldiers from the 11 Gorkha Rifles, took part.

The aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban/ jungle scenario, under a United Nations peace enforcement mandate, to enable the two armies to train, plan and execute a series of combined tactical drills for neutralising of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peacekeeping operations.

During the exercise, participants engaged in a variety of missions ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, basics of special arms skills, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and raiding a hostile target.

The 14-day-long exercise aims at building trust and understanding of each other in the field of national security.

Senior officials said ‘Exercise KazInd’ will enhance the level of defence cooperation between Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army, which will foster the bilateral relations between the two nations.

The final validation exercise named as Ex Jenis (Ex Victory) displayed the various skills inculcated in patrolling, jungle shooting, reflex shooting, combat tracking, use of Mine Protective Vehicles and the conduct of raid on Monday.

The exercise showed the intra-operationability between both countries according to the UN Mandate. (ANI)

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