Indian Coast Guard chief visits for talks on new ties

The head of the Indian Coast Guard spent three days in Myanmar last week on a visit aimed at strengthening maritime cooperation, media reported.

Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht arrived on January 6 for a three-day visit that included meetings with Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Vice Admiral Tin Aung San, the Press Trust of India reported.

A Coast Guard official told PTI ahead of the visit that the two sides were expected to discuss the possibility of joint exercises and issues related to smuggling.

Vice Adm Bisht was also due to visit training and operational facilities in Yangon and Mandalay, PTI said.

His visit coincided with the arrival of an Indian Coast Guard ship at Yangon port on January 7.

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The Varad, which was due to leave Yangon on January 11, is deployed on patrols to counter smuggling and poaching, help protect the marine environment and to conduct search and rescue operations, PTI said.

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