During the bilateral meetings, both sides discussed several issues of common interest, examined the current state of bilateral relations in the military sphere and prospects for development and deepening of military-technical cooperation.
India and Kazakhstan have developed close collaboration in fighting religious terrorism an extremism, as well as in promoting regional security. India's recent ascension to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation, is being seen as a move by New Delhi to reinvigorate its Eurasian geopolitics engagement.
According to a recent article published by The Diplomat, "The potential for expanded military cooperation between Kazakhstan and India is yet another benefit of India's membership in the SCO. Kazakhstan recognises it is overly reliant on Russian military equipment and support while India is in dire need of international customers as it establishes a military-industrial complex. Mixing arms and trade deals will benefit the security and economic situations of all parties."
"With the United States' withdrawal from the region and Europe's occupation with internal issues, India's military cooperation and security assistance is the boon Kazakhstan needs as pressure from Russia and China increases," the article in The Diplomat claims.
India currently offers training to Kazakh military officers. Both nations have also developed joint military-industrial projects and established a partnership between the defence industries of India and Kazakhstan. India has also provided support and has emerged as a partner in Kazakhstan's bid to develop a naval fleet in the Caspian Sea, despite opposition from Kazakhstan's northern neighbour, Russia. (ANI)