The Indo-Kazakhstan joint military training exercise, "PRABAL DOSTYK 2017" culminated on Tuesday with a grand closing ceremony at Bakloh Military Camp, Himachal Pradesh.
The exercise was the second edition of the "PRABAL DOSTYK" series of exercises between the two countries; the first being "PRABAL DOSTYK 2016" which was conducted in Kazakhstan.
The 14-day long joint training exercise included basic mutual orientation between the contingents of the two armies, joint training in counter insurgency/counter terrorist operations under the UN mandate and culminated with a validation exercise.
The overall aim of the joint exercise was to understand each other's operational methodology and develop interoperability to enable joint operations by the two armies.
Brigadier Navdeep Brar of the Indian Army presided over the closing ceremony.
Besides the two participating contingents, the closing ceremony was also attended by observer delegations of both armies which comprised of senior ranking military officers.
Personnel of both contingents expressed their satisfaction on the successful conduct of the joint exercise and were confident of having achieved a high degree of interoperability.
The exercise also demonstrated the determination of the two armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.
The joint exercise was a resounding success and will go a long way in enhancing military ties between India and Kazakhstan. (ANI)