Armies of India, Thailand to kick start joint exercise from Aug 6

Team India Sentinels Thursday 7th of June 2018 02:44 AM

To foster the spirit of friendship and enhance the strategic military ties to next level, Armies of India and Thailand will begin their joint exercise “Maitree” from August 6 in Chachoengsao of Thailand. The exercise will conclude on August 19. The 14-day exercise aims to build and promote closer relations between both nations and to enhance ability of Royal Thai army and Indian Army to undertake joint tactical level operations on handling of insurgency and related issues in urban and rural scenario, Indian Army PRO Col Aman Anand said. Representatives from both armies carried out an exercise planning for upcoming joint exercise. A joint protocol highlighting various aspects of conduct was signed by representatives of both the armies in Thailand. Ex-Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand. It is an annual reciprocal training event. In 2017, the same exercise was held at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh. Thailand and India have been cooperating in various multilateral fora like ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), East Asia Summit, BIMSTEC. In addition, India is also a member of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) initiated by Thailand in 2002 and of the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC).  


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