New Delhi: In a bid to enhance its military-to-military relations, India has offered to assist Kyrgyzstan. As a first step, India will be sending a team in the end of this month to train the Kyrgyz armed forces for United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Defence Minister AK Antony is leading a high-level delegation that includes Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief VK Saraswat, Special Secretary RK Mathur, DRDO's Chief Controller of Research and Development William Selvamurthy, and other officials.

“Though the present level of defence engagement is rather limited, there is a potential to mutually enhance the scope and scale of activities in a gradual manner in areas of mutual interest, particularly in the field of military training, defence research and development and production of defence armaments,” Anthony said.

Appreciating the support of Kyrgyz authorities in international efforts against terrorism, Antony said the joint working groups on counter-terrorism should meet regularly to share information on the issue.

The Defence Minister is also expected to inaugurate the Kyrgyz-Indian Mountain Biomedical Research Centre (KIMBMRC) for which the DRDO has given an aid of Rs 6 crore.

JPN/Bureau