Addressing the Union Parliament on Monday, the deputy minister of defence laid out plans for the ratification of an MoU concerning a military secrets agreement between Burma and Israel.
Deputy Defence Minister Aung Thaw told the bicameral house that the Protection of Secret Information agreement would “allow the two countries to cooperate on military training, the development of defence and security policies” and other “mutually beneficial” affairs.
“The benefits of signing an agreement on the protection of secret information between the Union of Burma and Israel include the promotion of defence and security cooperation, information sharing, the acquisition of technology, and security clearances during official visits,” he added.
In September, a Burmese delegation led by Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing visited Israel for the first time in 56 years.
Burma has long maintained close military ties with Israel, including the purchase of weapons and defence technology.
Both countries share the distinction of being almost constantly engaged in conflict since 1948 – Burma’s year of independence, and Israel’s founding.
But while the Burmese government has recently begun signing ceasefire deals and peace accords with its traditional ethnic foes, Israel’s occupation of Palestine and consequent violence shows few signs of abating.
Both Burmese and Israeli military forces have been widely criticised for human rights abuses against civilians, as well as accusations by the United Nations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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