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India-Mongolia joint military exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant’ to begin in Meghalaya on Wednesday

The 16th edition of the India-Mongolia joint military exercise “Nomadic Elephant” is set to commence on July 3 in Umroi, Meghalaya, according to the Indian Army on Tuesday. The two-week training event, concluding on July 16, aims to enhance interoperability between the two nations’ armies in semi-conventional operations within semi-urban and mountainous terrains under UN mandate.

The Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army), shared details of the exercise on social media, highlighting its significance in strengthening bilateral military cooperation. This annual training event alternates between locations in India and Mongolia, with the previous edition held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2023.

Exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant’ is an annual training event with Mongolia which is conducted alternatively in Mongolia and India. The 15th edition of the Joint Military Exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant’ was conducted in Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar, according to the Ministry of Defence’s earlier press release. Soldiers of the Mongolian Armed Forces Unit 084 and Indian Army soldiers from the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment had participated in the exercise in 2023.

In May this year, the 12th Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting between the Defence Ministries of India and Mongolia took place in Ulaanbaatar on May 16-17 and reviewed the progress on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives and identified means to further enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Joint Secretary (International Cooperation), Ministry of Defence Amitabh Prasad and State Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Mongolia Brigadier General Gankhuyag Davagdorj.

India’s Ambassador to Mongolia Atul Malhari Gotsurve also attended the meeting. During the JWG, both sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries.

Moreover, both sides also exchanged views on the current geopolitical situation. Joint Secretary Amitabh Prasad highlighted the potential of the capacity and capability of the Indian defence industry and looked forward to a fruitful partnership with the Armed Forces of Mongolia.

(Inputs from ANI)

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