The Multinational Peacekeeping Joint Exercise “Ex Khaan Quest 2023” has commenced in Mongolia, featuring military contingents and observers from over 20 countries. This 14-day exercise aims to enhance interoperability and train uniformed personnel for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.
About the Exercise
- The exercise was inaugurated by Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, the President of Mongolia, in a grand ceremony. This reflects the significance of the exercise and highlights the commitment of Mongolia towards international peacekeeping efforts.
- “Ex Khaan Quest 2023” is co-sponsored by the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) and the United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC). This collaboration demonstrates the strong partnership between Mongolia and the United States in promoting regional security and stability.
Representation of the Indian Army
The Indian Army is represented in the exercise by a contingent from the esteemed Garhwal Rifles. By participating, India aims to reinforce its commitment to international peace and further enhance defense cooperation with the countries involved in the exercise.
Objective of the Exercise
- The primary objective of “Ex Khaan Quest 2023” is to prepare participants for future UN Peacekeeping missions. By conducting Command Post Exercises (CPX), Field Training Exercises (FTX), combat discussions, lectures and demonstrations, the exercise aims to enhance peace operations capabilities and improve military readiness.
- The participation of the Indian Army in this multinational joint exercise will not only enhance the defense cooperation between India and the participating countries, but also strengthen ties with the Mongolian Armed Forces, contributing to enhanced bilateral relations between the two nations.
United Nations Peacekeeping Role
- The United Nations Charter entrusts the United Nations Security Council with the responsibility to maintain international peace.
- UN Peacekeepers establish and maintain safe areas, provide humanitarian assistance, and take necessary measures to safeguard vulnerable populations from violence and human rights abuses.
- UN peacekeepers are often known as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets due to their distinct headgear, provide security and political peace-building support to countries transitioning from conflict to peace.
- The first peacekeeping mission was initiated in 1948.