India-Thailand military exercise begins in Himachal

  • A 14-day joint military training exercise between India and Thailand started in Himachal Pradesh.
  • The joint exercise of the Indian Army with the Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Chamba district, the official said.
  • The aim of this exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between the two armies.
  • "Exercise Maitree 2017 is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army. The previous edition of the exercise was held at Krabi in Thailand in 2016.
  • "It will be conducted in a manner so as to acquaint both contingents with each other`s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment," an official statement said.
  • The Maitree series of bilateral exercises has been one of the major defence cooperation initiatives between India and Thailand.
  • Earlier, a joint training exercise between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman, named Al Nagah-II 2017, was held at Bakloh in March.
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