Army Chief Jets Off to Pakistan, Serbia

By The Irrawaddy 7 May 2015

Burma Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing flew out of Rangoon on Wednesday to pay official visits to Pakistan and Serbia, according to state-run media. Defense sources in Burma indicated the traveling military delegation was comprised of other top brass, including those believed to be involved in purchasing arms and other military hardware. Only last week, Min Aung Hlaing met with a Pakistani delegation led by Brigadier-General Muhammad Aneeq Ur Rehman Malik in Naypyidaw. In 2013, reports surfaced that about 20 Burmese naval officers had received submarine familiarization and training in Pakistan. Further fueling speculation that Burma was looking to develop a submarine capability, it was also reported that during his visit to Russia in June 2013, Min Aung Hlaing expressed an interest in purchasing two 3,000-ton Kilo-class diesel-powered submarines.