India-Uzbekistan Joint Military Exercise DUSTLIK begins on April 15

The fifth edition of the ‘Dustlik’ Joint Military Exercise between India and Uzbekistan is scheduled to begin in Termez District, Uzbekistan, from April 15.

“Exercise Dustlik 2024 5th Edition of Joint Military Exercise ‘DUSTLIK’ between India and Uzbekistan will be conducted at Termez District, Uzbekistan from 15 to 28 April 2024.

The participating contingents from the Indian Armed Forces and Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan will train together to cement the foundation for collaborations & future military interactions,” the Indian Army said in a statement.

During the 14-day exercise, soldiers from the Indian Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan will undergo comprehensive joint training sessions.

Noteworthy, the fourth edition of the joint military exercise between the two countries was held on February 20 last year at the Foreign Training Node, Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.

The training exercise focused on sharing best practices in sub conventional operations under UN mandates.

Notably, a total of forty-five soldiers from each side participated in the exercise, fostering positive relations between the armies of both nations, as stated by the Ministry of Defence.

The Indian Army contingent consisted of troops from an infantry battalion from the Garhwal Rifles Regiment.

To be noted that the inaugural edition of this exercise was held in Uzbekistan in November 2019.

(With ANI inputs)