Army Chief V K Singh to visit Tajikistan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 09, 2010, 20:44
New Delhi: Army Chief General V K Singh will embark on a four-day official visit to Tajikistan from tomorrow, aiming to strengthen bilateral relations and defence cooperation with the Central Asian nation.

Singh will be in Tajikistan till November 13 and during the visit he will interact with that country's top security leadership.

"The Army Chief's visit will further cement our defence relationship with a key friendly country in our extended neighbourhood and provide an impetus to our defence cooperation roadmap in Central Asia," an Army press release said here today.

"The visit assumes special significance in the light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries. The Army Chief's visit underpins India's priorities in maintaining peaceful and cordial ties with her immediate and extended neighbourhood," it added.

India was one of the first countries to recognise Tajikistan as an independent nation and there have been a series of high-level visits between the two countries to build up trust and mutual confidence.

Both sides have indicated a desire to further strengthen people-to-people contact, military-to-military cooperation and cultural bonds.

In the early part of the 21st Century, India had reconstructed the Aini air base outside Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.

President Prathiba Patil had a very successful state visit to Tajikistan in September 2009, which was the first ever by an Indian President to any Central Asian country.

Defence cooperation between the two friendly countries was formalised through various basic agreements from 2001-02.


First Published: Tuesday, November 09, 2010, 20:44

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