The second edition of India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise “Dustlik-2” started in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand.
- Aim of the Exercise: Counter Insurgency (CI) and Counter-Terrorism (CT) operations in mountainous, rural and urban scenarios under the United Nations (UN) mandate.
- First Edition: Took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in November 2019.
- Uzbekistan is important to India for security and connectivity to the Central Asian region and also Iran, it is also one alternative India has with respect to Afghanistan.
- Security concerns stemming from the conflict in Afghanistan is one of the major challenges for India’s involvement in Central Asia.