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India, France Begin Counterterrorism Exercise Shakti 2019

Jaipur: Shakti 2019, a 14-day joint navy train involving India and France, began on Friday on the Mahajan Discipline Firing Ranges in Bikaner.

Troopers of the Sikh Regiment, a part of Sapt Shakti Command, and the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment, a part of sixth Armoured Brigade of the French Military, commenced the train with a gap ceremony which was held on the Mahajan Discipline Firing Ranges.

The joint train will facilitate each armies to know one another higher, share their operational expertise and improve consciousness via data alternate. This may assist them in endeavor joint operations at platoon degree for countering terrorist threats below the mandate of the United Nations.

Talking on the event, Brigadier P.S. Cheema stated: “The shared commitment to democracy, pluralism and multilateralism is another important dimension of bilateral relationship and global responsibilities between India and France.”

“We share perspectives about countering terrorism with a firm conviction and our great armies have proved their mettle in the past. We have a lot to learn from each other especially in our approach towards handling the modern-day challenges posed by global terrorism,” he added.

French Defence Attache in India Col. Ludovic Dumount stated: “Our armies have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to fight in counter terrorist environment all across the world. We have many lessons to share with each other and coming together today gives us this opportunity.”

The ceremony noticed the unfurling of the nationwide flags of each international locations amidst taking part in of their respective nationwide anthems. The ceremony additionally witnessed synchronised marching of troops to martial tunes.

This was adopted by evocative speeches by the Reviewing Officers of each international locations.

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