Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Indian, Thai armies to hold joint exercise

Indian and Thai armies will participate in a 14-day exercise, with a focus on counter- terrorism operations, in Jharkhand as part of efforts to boost inter-operability between the two forces.

Personnel from the Gorkha regiment and Royal Thailand Army will take part in the exercise -- ''Maitree 2010''-- starting this Thursday at Ramgarh Cantt near Ranchi.

The two armies will focus on the counter-terrorism operations in the urban scenario during the military exercise which is part of efforts aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the areas of defence and security, army officials said here.

"This exercise would mutually help both countries in gaining experience and expertise through joint cooperation and inter-operability and this will be one of the pegs of the exercise," they added.

The Royal Thailand Army will be represented by five officers and 44 soldiers and will be complimented by equal number of officers and jawans from the Gorkha regiment, they said.

As part of its ''Look East'' policy, India has been making efforts to expand military and economic ties with countries in South East Asia such as Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

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