India-Myanmar begin joint army exercise

Nov 21, 2017 16:19 IST
India-Myanmar begin joint army exercise

The India-Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise (IMBAX) began on 20 November 2017 at the Joint Warfare Centre at Umroi Cantonment, about 25 km from Shillong, capital of Meghalaya.

The week-long army warfare exercise is the first-ever one to be held in India. It is aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighbouring countries. It will conclude on 25 November 2017.

Key Highlights

• The exercise will see participation from a total of 15 officers from the Myanmar Army and 16 officers from the Indian Army.

• While Brigadier S Murugesan is leading the Indian delegation, Colonel Aung Kyaw Htun is leading the Myanmarese contingent.

• The basic aim of the exercise is to learn bilaterally from both the nations.

• India is a major contributor to peace keeping and has much varied experience in different peace-keeping operations.

• Hence, the exercise will aim to enable the participants of Myanmar Army with requisite knowledge and skills to meet the evolving challenges of peacekeeping operations in accordance with principles, policies and guidelines of the United Nations.

• In fact, , the exercise has been specially designed by the Indian Peace Keeping Centre, known as the Centre for UN Peace Keeping, New Delhi.

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The conduct of such exercises in future will not only enable mutual capacity enhancement, but will also assist in building strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between India and Myanmar.

Previously on 11 November, Indian and Bangladesh armies successfully conducted Exercise SAMPRITI at Umroi Joint Training Node.

Quick Digest

Who: India-Myanmar

Where: Meghalaya

What: Bilateral army exercise begins

When: 20 November

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