India, Uzbekistan hold 4th Joint Military Exercise- ‘Dustlik’

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As part of the military-to-military exchange program between the Indian Army and the Uzbekistan Army, the fourth edition of the training exercise Dastlik (2023) began on 20 February.

An overview of the news

  • The exercise will be held at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand till March 5, 2023.

  • 45-45 soldiers from both countries will participate in the exercise.

  • The Indian contingent in this bilateral exercise will be represented by the 14th Battalion The Garhwal Rifles, which is part of the Western Command.

  • The Uzbekistan Army will be represented by troops from the North Western Military District of the Uzbekistan Army.

  • Its purpose is to give impetus to the ever-growing military and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • This exercise shows the strong resolve of both the countries to combat terrorism.

Previous Exercises- ‘Dustlik’

  • The first edition of this exercise was conducted in November 2019 in Uzbekistan.

  • The second edition was held in India in 2021 from 10 to 19 March at Chaubatia, Ranikhet.

  • The third edition of the exercise was conducted from March 22 to 29 in 2022 in Yangiyarik district of Uzbekistan.


  • Keeping in mind the Belt and Road Initiative of China, this exercise is very important.

  • Both the armies share counter-terrorist operations in mountain/rural/urban scenarios under the UN mandate.

  • Military diplomacy to connect with Central Asia.

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