Thursday, April 28, 2011

Burma and Bangladesh to Collaborate in Military in Near Future

Dhaka: Burma and Bangladesh are expected to collaborate in the military sector in the near future after the two countries signaled their intent during Burmese air chief Lieutenant General Myat Hein's six-day visit to Bangladesh.

Burma's Lt. General Myat Hein called on Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman yesterday, and during the meeting the Bangladesh president emphasized an exchange of military training by members of the armed forces between the two countries.

President Zillur Rahman told Lt. General Myat Hein that Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh General Abdul Mubeen is expected to visit Burma last month, saying, "We are interested to promote relations between the armed forces."

According to an official report from Bangladesh, Lt. General Myat Hein also conveyed a message to the Bangladesh president that the newly elected government of Burma is keen to rapidly improve bilateral relations and mutual cooperation with Bangladesh.

Lt. General Myat Hein also visited the National Defense College of Bangladesh yesterday and expressed his hope that Burmese forces would be sent to take training at the college in Bangladesh in the future. He also lauded the National Defense College of Bangladesh, the source said.

During the air chief's six-day visit, the two countries have discussed not only military issues, but also other issues like road links. Bangladesh is keen to take the initiative in establishing direct rail and road connectivity with Burma.
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