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What is "Peace Mission-2018"? When and where is it being held? How fre...

  Sep 07, 2018

What is "Peace Mission-2018"? When and where is it being held? How frequently is it conducted? Why is it special this year?

As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states. The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from 22 August to 29 August 2018 in Russia. This will be a historic occasion due to the maiden participation of India post becoming a full member of the SCO in June 2017. This exercise marks a major milestone in the multilateral relations of SCO member nations. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency or counter terrorism environment under SCO Charter. The joint exercise will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices among armed forces of SCO Nations.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers, who are eyeball to eyeball along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, exercise together for the first time as part of a multi-nation counter-terror wargame.
The SCO was constituted in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Now the grouping has eight full members, including India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Another four nations have been accorded "observer" status, while six others are "dialogue" partners.