IAF chief Browne leads defence delegation to Myanmar

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 25, 2012 08:10 hrs

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), Air Chief Marshal N.A. K. Browne, will undertake a four-day defence cooperation visit to Myanmar from November 26 to 29.

The Chief of Air Staff will lead a five-member composite defence delegation team comprising of senior officers of the three services.

India- 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, Madam Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's recent visit and Defence Minister A.K. Antony's proposed visit early next year testify towards enhanced bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours.

This visit assumes great significance in the light of the improving bilateral association towards enhancing defence collaboration in areas of mutual interest between the two countries.

During his visit, Air Chief Marshal Browne will call on Myanmar President U Thien Sein Vice Senior Generanl Min Aung Hlang (C-in-C Defence Services) and Gen Myat Hein (C-in-C Air) with the aim of 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 is 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, a press release said. (ANI)

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