Dustlik 2023



    • Recently, the fourth edition of Exercise DUSTLIK between India and Uzbekistan commenced at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.
    • The Indian army contingent is represented by the GARHWAL RIFLES.

    Exercise DUSTLIK

    • DUSTLIK is a biennial training exercise held between the armies of India and Uzbekistan.
    • It aims at enhancing military capability to undertake multi-domain operations in a Sub Conventional scenario under United Nations Mandate.
    • The first edition of the joint military exercise took place in Tashkent in 2019.


    • It is a doubly landlocked country located in Central Asia. 

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    • Key Facts:
      • It is surrounded by five landlocked countries: Kazakhstan to the north; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Tajikistan to the southeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. 
      • Its capital and largest city is Tashkent.

    India-Uzbekistan Political and  Bilateral relations

    • India was one of the first countries to acknowledge the state sovereignty of Uzbekistan after its independence in 1991.
    • The bilateral relations encompass political and strategic issues, defence and security, trade and investment, energy, agriculture, Science & technology, education, and people-to-people ties.           
    • The diplomatic relations between the two nations have completed 30 years in 2022.
    • Uzbekistan and India have signed Agreements/MOUs/ Protocols/Joint Statements in trade, investment, education, civil aviation, tourism, science & technology, telecommunications, agriculture, and IT.                                

    Source: BS