Myanmar naval chief visits India to strengthen bilateral maritime ties

July 30, 2013: Myanmar's Chief of Naval Staff , Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe, met his Indian counterpart Admiral D.K. Joshi here on Monday to strengthen relations between the navies of the neighbouring countries.

During his visit, Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe is scheduled to meet Defence Minister A.K Antony.

 

Admiral Joshi said that this meet would take forward the strong naval relations between the two countries.

 

"Myanmar is one of our closest neighbours, we share land borders with them and also maritime borders and on the navy to navy front we have had extremely cordial relations and excellent interaction and during the course of our meeting here we will look at further avenues of taking this interaction to the next level," he said.

 

India shares a 1,645-kilometre border in its east with Myanmar.

 

"I hope for closer ties with Indian navy," Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe said.

 

India is also seeking Myanmar's help in combating insurgent groups that have bases in Myanmar, and hopes that cross-border trade will boost the economy of its troubled and isolated northeast region.

 

Business Standard