India & Uzbekistan sign Security Co-op Agreement for counter-terrorism, training, HADR

New Delhi: A delegation from Uzbekistan, led by Minister of Internal Affairs Pulat Bobojonov, met the Indian delegation, led by Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, in New Delhi today. Bobojonov is on a bilateral visit to India from 20-23 November.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, capacity building and training for Uzbek security personnel in Indian institutions, border guarding and disaster management.

Emphasizing on India-Uzbekistan Strategic Partnership, the Ministers welcomed increased cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in the area of security cooperation.

Both sides affirmed that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Uzbekistan in 2015 and 2016, and visit by President of Uzbekistan to India in October 2018 and January 2019 have provided a new impetus to the relationship.

An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan was also signed by the two Ministers.

The Agreement will further strengthen cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in diverse fields including counter-terrorism, organized crime and human trafficking.

The Indian delegation included Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, along with other senior officers from the Ministry.

Earlier in November, India and Uzbekistan conducted the first Indo-Uzbekistan joint military exercise Dustlik 2019. The training was focused on counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in the urban scenario as well as sharing of expertise on skills at arms.

Speaking at the curtain raiser event of Dustlik 2019 in Tashkent on November 3, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had called for isolating nations adopting terrorism as state policy.

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