Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kyrgyzstan on 12 July 2015, as part of his eight-day six-nation tour to Central Asia. Seeking a peaceful and secure neighbourhood amidst threat of terrorism and extremism, India and Kyrgyzstan signed four agreements, including one on bolstering defence cooperation and holding annual joint military exercise—Khanjar 2015.
Two MoU were also signed for cooperation between the Election Commissions of the two countries and on cooperation in the sphere of Standards, a move that will help economic relations.
Prime Minister Modi underlined that his visit to the countries in the region “demonstrates the importance that we attach to a new level of relationship with Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a key part of that vision”.
The defence agreement signed is aimed at deepening bilateral cooperation in defence, security, military education and training. It also envisages conduct of joint military exercises, exchange of experience and information, and exchange of military observers and instructors besides others.