Army chiefs of the seven member nations of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) are expected to meet in Pune next month in the first meeting of its kind for any grouping in South Asia or Southeast Asia.
The conclave, close on the heels of the Bimstec Summit in Kathmandu in August-end, is aimed at devising effective strategy to counter cross-border terrorism in the region and will coincide with the first-of-its-kind army exercises of the member states — India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand and Myanmar, said people aware of the matter.
Saarc and Asean do not have any mandate for their militaries, and Saarc security partnership has not achieved desired results due to Pakistan’s intransigent approach in addressing cross-border terrorism.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and African Union are among very few regional bodies to have military component. India will take part for the first time in SCO military drills to be held in Russia next month. Read More