Source: This post is based on the article “India, Kazakhstan joint military exercise KAZIND-21” published in PIB on 1st September 2021.
What is the News?
The fifth edition of the Exercise “KAZIND-21” has started at Training Node Aisha Bibi, Kazakhstan.
It is an annual bilateral military exercise between India and Kazakhstan. This is the fifth edition of the exercise. The exercise will focus on Counter Insurgency/ Counter-Terrorism operations in the mountainous terrains as well as rural and urban settings under the UN mandate.
This exercise will provide impetus to the ever-growing military and diplomatic ties between the two nations.
About India-Kazakhstan Relations:
Kazakhstan is a country in Central Asia. India was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan. Diplomatic relations were established in February 1992.
India-Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) was established in 1993. It is the apex bilateral institutional mechanism for developing trade, economic, scientific, technological, industrial and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The two countries in 2009 signed a Strategic Partnership treaty. In 2015, the two countries signed a Defence and Military Technical cooperation agreement.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched “Al-Farabi-1”, a 1.7 kg Technology Demonstrator Nano Satellite built by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty along with 103 other satellites in 2017.