- Use of the Ayni airbase for the Indian Air Force, tops the agenda for discussion with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The Ayni airbase near Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe has long been key to expanding India’s strategic footprint in Central Asia.
- The origins of the airbase lie in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 to Kandahar where the Vajpayee government had begun the talks for the lease of an airbase after it discovered it had no proximate access to Afghanistan.
- September 2014, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj visited Tajikistan during the 14th SCO summit and held talks with the Tajik President. One of the items on the agenda, besides cooperation on counter terrorism, was the use of the Ayni airbase.
Source: Defence News