ISLAMABAD, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- A two-week long joint exercise codenamed as "DRUZBA 2017" between special forces of Pakistan and Russia Armies started in Mineralnye Vody, Russia, Pakistani army said on Monday.

The opening ceremony was attended by senior military officials of special forces of both countries, the army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.

The joint exercise will focus on counter terrorism operations, hostage and rescue, cordon and search operation, it said.

The joint exercise will enhance and further strengthen military ties between both countries and share Pakistan Army's experience in war against terrorism, the statement said.

It has been the second time in one year that Pakistan and Russia are holding joint military exercises. A contingent of 100 Russian troops had taken part in joint exercises in Pakistan in September last year.