A nine-member delegation led by Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-chief, Def Services & Cdr-in-Chief (Army) of Myanmar visited the Indian Army’s Eastern Command headquarters on September 20.
The Eastern Command’s headquarters is in Fort William in Kolkata.
During the meeting, various regional and security-related challenges faced by India and Myanmar were discussed. A senior officer said that the visit by the Myanmar army will strengthen the defence cooperation between these two countries and also help in better management of Indo-Myanmar border.
The Indo-Myanmar border has always been in the picture because of illegal movement of Northeast based millitant groups in the area.
After Nepal and Thailand didn’t send troops to attend the military exercise of countries under the Bay of Bengal Initiative for multi-sectoral technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and decided to send only observers in the last moment, Myanmar’s decision to send troops came as a ray of hope. The other countries that sent troops were Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
The Myanmar based delegation came to visit India to attend the BIMSTEC MILEX-2018 programme in Pune. Vice Senior General Soe Win attended the closing ceremony and encouraged Myanmarese troops who were participating in the programme, reports TOI.
The Indian Army however didn’t comment on the fact that the Amnesty International has accused General Win for atrocities against the Rohingyas.