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India and Kyrghyzstan to Expand Defence Cooperation

 

July 5, 2011 Sitanshu Kar - defpro.com

 

India has offered its assistance to Kyrghyzstan in a wide range of areas to strengthen its defence and security capabilities. The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony made this offer at the extensive talks he held with his Kyrghyz counterpart Major General Abibilla Kudayberdiev in Bishkek on Monday (04 July 2011). The talks took place between the delegations of the two countries immediately after the arrival of Shri Antony in the Kyrghyz capital.

 

As a first step, India will be sending a team to train Kyrghyz Armed Forces in UN Peace Keeping Operations and impart English language skills. The team will be arriving in Kyrghyzistan by the end of this month itself.

 

During the talks, Shri Antony said though the present level of defence engagements are rather limited, there is potential to mutually enhance the scope and scale of activities in a gradual manner in areas of mutual interest particularly in the field of military training, defence research and development and production of defence armaments.

 

Shri Antony is leading a high level defence delegation including the DRDO Chief Dr VK Saraswat, Special Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary and Defence Finance Ms Vijay Lakshmi Gupta and Chief Controller of Research and Development Dr William Selvamurthy. The Indian Ambassador to Bishkek, Shri P Stobdan also joined the deliberations.

 

Shri Antony said India has a wide network of research establishments not only in armaments but also in physiology, medicine, animal husbandry, nutrition etc under defence establishments. He offered New Delhi’s assistance to Bishkek for undertaking joint research and production in non-military sectors also.

 

‘We can explore areas for cooperation in research and development in high- altitude base agriculture, plantation, animal husbandry, poultry, food processing that would also help generate rural employment and remove poverty’, he said.

 

Appreciating the support of the Kyrghyz authorities in international efforts against terrorism and drug trafficking in Kyrghyzstan, Shri Antony said the joint working groups on counter- terrorism should meet regularly to share information on the issue.

 

The Kyrghyz Defence Minister Major General Abibilla Kudayberdiev thanked Shri Antony for his offer of cooperation in both military and non-military areas. He accepted Shri Antony’s invitation to visit India shortly to take the cooperation forward. He expressed happiness that the two sides have worked out a cooperation plan for the year 2011.

 

Earlier, in a show of warmth, Gen Kudayberdiev drove down to the Manas International Airport to receive Shri Antony on his arrival.

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