Sept. 12, 2011 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Press Information Bureau India; issued September 9, 2011)
India has assured its willingness to support Kyrgyzstan in strengthening its defence and security apparatus. The matter came up at a meeting between the Defence Minister Shri A K Antony and his Kyrgyzstan counterpart Major General Abibilla Kudaberdiev here today.
They discussed the enhancement of training and other exchanges between the Armed Forces of both countries and also possibilities of military technical cooperation, including defence Research and Development. Cooperation in training for UN peace-keeping operations was specifically discussed. The two leaders also discussed various global and regional security issues.
The Kyrgyzstan Defence Minister conveyed condolences for the loss of life in the terrorist attack in Delhi on 7 Sept, 2011. He noted that there is need for all the countries to unify forces to fight terrorism jointly.
At the meeting the visiting dignitary was accompanied by a three-member delegation, while the Indian side included the Defence Secretary, Shri Shashikant Sharma, SA to RM, Dr. V.K Saraswat, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen.A.S. Lamba and some other high ranking officials.
The Kyrgyztan Defence Minister who is on a three day visit to India, visited the National Defence Academy and other defence institutions in Pune yesterday. His visit is a reciprocal one following Shri A K Antony’s visit to Kyrgyzstan in July, 2011.