Myanmar's Air Force commander-in-chief calls on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley

Gen. Myint and Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa are also understood to have discussed the regional security scenario.

Published: 21st August 2017 11:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2017 11:04 PM   |  A+A-

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Air Force Gen. Khin Aung Myint today called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and deliberated on ways to deepen security ties between the two countries.

Myint also held extensive talks with Chief of Air Staff BS Dhanoa on possible areas of cooperation between the air forces of India and Myanmar.

A range of issues, including expanding cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, were discussed at the meeting between Jaitley and Gen. Myint, official sources said.

Gen. Myint and Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa are also understood to have discussed the regional security scenario.

Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states, including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

Gen. Myint's trip comes nearly a month after Commanderin-Chief of the Myanmar's Defence Services Gen U Min Aung Hlaing visited India.

Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw had visited India in August last year when the two countries had agreed to step up bilateral coordination between their border guarding forces to ensure security in the areas along the frontier.

India is concerned over some militant groups from the northeast taking shelter in Myanmar. The country has been assuring New Delhi that it would not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against India.

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