At Defexpo, The Defence Secretary Meets With Kazakhstan And Bangladesh

On the sidelines of the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar met privately with representatives from Bangladesh and Kazakhstan on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence.

According to the report, Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman, principal staff officer of the Bangladeshi armed forces division, led the group from Bangladesh.

“They examined measures to strengthen defence industrial collaboration and evaluated the major ongoing bilateral defence cooperation issues between the two countries, “added the ministry.

Later, the deputy defence minister of Kazakhstan, Lt. Gen. Ruslan Shpekbayev, led a group to meet with the secretary of defence.

Several problems relating to bilateral defence cooperation were discussed, with a focus on training, joint exercises, and capability development, “According to the ministry statement.

In August, India and Bangladesh had their fourth annual defence discussion. In the same month, there were also tri-services staff meetings. Bangladesh has also been given a $500 million Line of Credit (LoC) by India to buy Indian military equipment for its defence needs.

Following allegations that the Bangladesh military is unhappy with the calibre of the defence gear it has obtained from Chinese sources, this has happened. When Sheikh Hasina visited India from September 5 to 8, 2022, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Hasina also discussed defence cooperation.

Defense cooperation has also grown recently between Kazakhstan and India. Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev, the defence minister of the country in Central Asia, travelled to India in 2021.

In 2015, both nations agreed to cooperate in the field of defence technology, and in subsequent years, discussions about joint manufacturing of weapons have picked up speed. In August 2021, Indian troops participated in a 13-day exercise focused on mountainous counter-terror operations in Kazakhstan, which is also India’s major economic partner in Central Asia.

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