Indian military delegation in Myanmar to boost trust, cooperation

A tri-services delegation of senior military officials on Sunday left for Myanmarese capital city of Nay Pyi Taw as part of a first ever exchange programme, aimed at enhancing mutual trust between the armed forces of the two countries guarding a nearly 1,640 km border. 

A group of 120 defence personnel from Myanmar are also visiting India as part of the exchange programme mooted by Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, army officials said. 

The 78-member Indian delegation will interact with senior officials of Myanmar military. 

Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares the 1,640-km border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur. 

Sources said the aim of the fresh initiative to send Indian military officers to Myanmar and inviting Myanmarese defence personnel to India was to ensure ground-level military cooperation between the two countries. 

The move comes at a time when China has been trying to expand its influence over Nay Pyi Taw. 

Source- Economic Times

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