India Myanmar Signed Defence Cooperation Agreement

The Prime Minister recalled the cordiality and hospitality shown during his visits to Myanmar, he said. He stressed the excellent state of bilateral cooperation in the areas of counter-insurgency, capacity building, military-military relations and maritime cooperation, as well as in the field of economic and development cooperation, he said. The Prime Minister reaffirmed India`s firm commitment to continue deepening the single bilateral partnership with the Union of Myanmar, he said. New Delhi: India and Myanmar signed a defence cooperation agreement on Monday, following talks between the two sides on a number of topics, including the review of joint exercises and training of Myanmar`s defence services in India, strengthening maritime security through joint surveillance and the development of new infrastructure. Hlaing also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him on the success of the recent parliamentary elections. The Chief General spoke of India`s rapid development in recent years and the deepening of the unique relationship between the two neighbors, including in the area of defence and security cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The aim of the discussions was to improve defence cooperation, review joint exercises and training for Myanmar`s defence services, strengthen maritime security through surveillance and capacity building, medical cooperation, response to pollution and the development of new infrastructure,” he added. Mr. Hlaing, accompanied by a high-level delegation from Myanmar`s defence services, also met with the Chief of the Air Force, Commander BS Dhanoa, the Chief of Staff of the Bipin Rawat and the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh. Government officials said the talks were aimed at improving overall defence cooperation, including India`s strengthening of training of defence personnel in Myanmar. India and Myanmar signed a defense cooperation agreement on Monday that calls for enhanced bilateral military engagement, weeks after the two countries conducted a coordinated operation against several militant groups operating in the northeast.