Exercise SCO Peace Mission 2018

Why in News?

  • As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states.
  • This will be a historic occasion due to the maiden participation of India post becoming a full member of the SCO in June 2017.

Significance of this exercise:

  • This exercise marks a major milestone in the multilateral relations of SCO member nations.
  • It 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.
  • It will be a landmark event in the history of SCO defence cooperation where Indian and Pakistani armed forces will participate together.
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