The 4th edition of annual Indo-Kazakhstan Military Exercise KAZIND 2019 between India and Kazakhstan army commenced from 03 October at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

  • KAZIND-2019 Joint Military Exercise a 13-day exercise between India and Kazakhstan will be conducted at Pithoragarh from 03 to 15 October 2019. 
What is KAZIND-2019?
  • Exercise KAZIND-2019 is the fourth edition of an annual event which is conducted alternatively in Kazakhstan and India.
  • Objective: The aim of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with an emphasis on counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. 
  • The exercise will comprise of nearly 100 soldiers from both Indian and Kazakhstan Army who would be sharing their experience gained during conduct of various counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the past.
  • During the exercise, aspects of emerging trends of global terrorism and hybrid warfare have also been included.
Why Indo-Kazakhstan Military Exercise Important?
  • India and Kazakhstan have developed close collaboration in fighting religious terrorism and extremism.
  • The KAZIND Exercise will promote regional security and also foster bilateral relations between the two nations. 
  • The joint exercise will enhance the level of defence cooperation between the two countries and achieving interoperability between the two armies.
Key Highlights of INDIA-KAZAKHSTAN relation in Defence & Civil Nuclear cooperation: Defence Cooperation:
  • Defence cooperation is an essential pillar of our strategic partnership with Kazakhstan (bilateral relations enhanced to a strategic partnership in 2009). 
  • The IndoKazakh Defence Cooperation is carried out under the framework of an agreement on ‘Defence and Military-Technical Cooperation’ signed in July 2015. 
  • The new agreement includes the conduct of joint training, exercises, military-technical cooperation, UN peacekeeping and exchange of intelligence.
  • Kazakh Armed Forces Unit underwent training on peacekeeping operations in India in AprilMay 2018 for deployment under the command of an Indian Battalion at UNIFIL, Lebanon.
Civil Nuclear Cooperation:
  • India and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on April 2009 for the supply of 2,100 tonnes of Uranium to India up to 2014. 
  • An Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy was signed during the visit of PM Manmohan Singh to Kazakhstan in April 2011.
  • A New five year Purchase Agreement for the purchase of 5000 tonnes of Uranium was signed during the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Astana on July 7-8, 2015.The supplies are being made regularly as per contract schedule. 
  • Kazakhstan supported India in obtaining India-specific exemption to allow civil nuclear cooperation with Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries in 2008. It also supported India’s membership of NSG at the Plenary Session in Seoul on June 2016.
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