Rajnath calls to isolate nations that adopt terrorism as a state policy

NEW DELHI: Terming terrorism a global problem, defense minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday called for isolating all countries that have adopted terrorism as their state policy, in a reference to Pakistan .

Speaking at the curtain raising of the first India-Uzbekistan joint exercise 'Dustlik 2019' in, Singh said that defense cooperation is crucial for bilateral relations between India and Uzbekistan. The drill will be held from November 4 to 13.

In the exercise, a contingent of the Indian army will train together with the army of Uzbekistan. The exercise will allow sharing best practices and experiences between the armed forces of the two countries and will lead to greater operational effectiveness, the defense ministry said.

Terrorism is a global problem. There are many examples where some countries have adopted terrorism as their state policy. The need of the hour is to condemn and isolate such countries, Singh said without naming Pakistan .

After the Uri terror attack, India has been trying to corner Pakistan by seeking to isolate it diplomatically on the issue of cross-border terrorism .

Singh on Saturday, while addressing the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), had called upon the member countries to strengthen and implement all the existing the international laws and mechanisms, without exception or double standards, to combat terrorism and its enablers.

Pakistan is also a member of the SCO.

On Saturday, Singh had met with his Uzbek counterpart, Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov, and discussed ways to intensify his defense ties. Three memoranda of understanding were also signed, including one on military cooperation between the two nations.

Describing 'Dustlik 2019' as an example of the growing defense collaboration between India and Uzbekistan, Singh expressed confidence that the soldiers of the two countries will be shoulder to shoulder at the time of need.

He assured the Government of Uzbekistan that the Indian armed forces would provide all possible assistance to their Uzbek counterparts for their modernization and capacity development. He also promised greater support from India to Uzbekistan in military medicine, saying that the memorandum of understanding signed after its bilateral meeting with the Uzbek Defense Minister is a step in the direction.

He affirmed India's commitment to develop a state-of-the-art computer complex at the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan for the benefit of its soldiers. We will send a team of IT experts and English language instructors to share their experience with Knowledge Academy students, he added.

Identifying 'Military technical cooperation' as an area of ‚Äč‚Äčenormous potential, Singh said that India is always ready to share its achievements and achievements with Uzbekistan in this field. He expressed confidence that both countries will benefit from this cooperation.