India has participated in a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia’s Orenburg region that has been organised under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
India has sent a team of 200 personnel for the sixth edition of ‘Exercise Peaceful Mission’ from September 13 to 25, the Indian Army said.
- It described the exercise as a landmark event in military interactions and global cooperation to counter-terrorism.
- The Army said the exercise will enable sharing of best practices between the armed forces of the SCO nations.
- The scope of the exercise includes professional interaction, mutual understanding of drills and procedures, establishment of joint command and control structures and elimination of terrorist threats.
- The SCO is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
- The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
- India has shown keen interest in deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its regional anti-terrorism structure (RATS), which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence.
SOURCE: The Indian Express