National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi 08 July 2017
Amid stand-off with PLA Army at Sikkim- Bhutan- Tibet tri junction, India lays red carpet for welcoming top military leadership of Myanmar.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander in Chief, Defence Services, Myanmar and his colleagues Vice Chief of Air Staff and Vice Chief of Naval Staff will meet top leadership of India during eight-day long visit to India.
The Myanmar delegation is first visiting Gaya from 06 to 09 July 2017 as part of their India tour. They are accompanied by Ambassador of Myanmar to India. The foreign delegation visited Officers Training Academy, Gaya.
The commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is slated to meet PM Narendra Modi, defence minister Arun Jaitley and national security adviser Ajit Doval on July 14, after an extensive tour of India.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat hosted an official banquet at the Officers Mess, OTA, Gaya on 07 July 2017.
According to sources, India is likely to aid Myanmar with military supplies to strengthen its defence co-operation in order to check Chinese strategic inroads into the country.
India has already equipped Myanmar with 105mm light artillery guns, rocket launchers, rifles, radars, mortars, bailey bridges, communication gadgets, night-vision devices, software, and road construction equipment, as well as naval gun-boats, sonars, acoustic domes and directing gear to Myanmar. Both the countries have also recently finalised a $37.9 million deal for the supply of lightweight torpedoes.
A few days back, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister, Ministry of the Office of State Counsellor also participated in the 9th edition of ASEAN-India Delhi Dialogue.
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