India said today that it will be strengthening its military ties with Myanmar, which would include an increase in joint military training and exercises and supply of arms. This would be in line with Indian government’s consistent focus on improving diplomatic, economic and defense relations between the two countries. During the visit of commander-in-chief of Myanmar armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Myanmar is a key pillar in India’s ‘Act East’ policy. PM Modi also appreciated the ongoing defense and security relations between the two countries. He also talked about the promise to improve bilateral ties with Myanmar.
The visiting Myanmar military chief was briefed about the current security perspectives in the region. Gen Min Aung Hlaing strongly condemned the recent Amarnath terror attack on July 10 that killed 7 people and injured 19 others. PM Modi, on his part, expressed condolences for Myanmar military personnel who had died on June 7 in a tragic plane crash. Experts said that India’s ties with Myanmar will help control the ambitions of China. India currently supplies various military items to Myanmar such as rocket launchers, radars, communication equipment, mortars, rifles, sonars, naval gun-boats, etc.