Indian Army Chief, General Bikram Singh has today embarked on a five-day goodwill visit to Myanmar.
The Prime Minister had visited Myanmar in May 2012, a first by an Indian PM in 25 years and this was the beginning of mutual efforts to build up trust and confidence. During the course of earlier high level visits, both sides had indicated a desire to work towards building a mutually beneficial Defence Cooperation Mechanism.
According to Defence Spokesperson Colonel SD Goswami, this visit by the Army Chief, which is scheduled from Oct 29-Nov 2, assumes special significance in the light of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries and the growing relationship between India and Myanmar.
Myanmar and India share a very special and important relationship based on common ideals and principles, arising from a significant legacy of historic links.
Military-to-Military Cooperation between the Myanmar and Indian Armed Forces encompasses exchange of visits, training, border liaison meetings, equipment cooperation, and attendance in various seminars, conferences and sports exchanges.
During the visit, General Singh will be interacting with their senior hierarchy including the President.
His discussion with Myanmarese authorities will cover a wide range including security, regional issues, defence engagement, IT, development projects and efforts to enhance counter terrorism / counter insurgency efforts by both the countries. In addition, he will be visiting important training establishments of Myanmar, Colonel SD Goswami added.
The Sangai Express