Defence delegation to visit Myanmar

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 25, 2012 13:54 hrs

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Nak Browne and the Chairman Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) Nirmal Verma are on a four day visit to Myanmar for improving bilateral association towards enhancing defence collaboration in areas of mutual interest between the two countries.

The CAS leads a five member Composite Defence Delegation team comprising of senior officers visiting Myanmar from Nov 26-29.

India and Myanmar share a common boundary spanning 1650 kms where relations are multifaceted and founded on historic linkages.

The Indian Prime Minister's historic visit to Myanmar after 25 years in May this year, Myanmar´s democracy icon and Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's recent visit and the defence minister´s proposed visit early next year testify towards enhanced bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours.

The Air Chief would call on President U Thien Sein, Vice Senior Gen Min Aung Hlang (C-in-C Defence Services) and Gen Myat Hein (C-in-C Air) during his visit towards reinforcing defence ties.

He would discuss a wide range of bilateral issues on the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries and further outline areas of mutual interest as part of a broader military engagement.

The delegation is planned to visit the National Defence College where they would be briefed by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Home affairs and Economic Department.

The delegation also planned to visit the Flying Training Base, Aircraft Production and Assembly Plant at Shante and the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Kalaw.

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