Nay Pyi Taw, 25 November
The junta chief and the Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force discussed issues that will enhance the existing friendship and cooperation between the two armed forces, according to the military’s propaganda platform.
Junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing received a delegation led by Air Chief Marshal Punpakdee Pattanakul in Nay Pyi Taw on November 23.
Among those who attended the meeting were e Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Tun Aung and senior military officers, as well as senior military officers led by the Thai Air Chief Marshal and Military Attaché (Air) of the Royal Thai Air Force to Myanmar from the Thai side.
Democracy activists point out that the military council is building good relations with Thailand, which has a similar system in which the military participates in politics, by showing off democracy while not receiving international support at all.
Ko Min Lwin Oo, member of the Dawei Strike Committee, said, “The military council demonstrated that it maintained relationships with other countries at a time when it was still isolated. Thailand is legally and illegally supporting the Burmese army from behind the scenes, causing difficulties for our revolutionary democratic forces.”
The two sides also discussed the exchange of cultural troupes and friendly sports contingents of both armed forces, including the conditions for cooperation between the two armies.
They also exchanged views on further enhancement of friendly relations through the exchange of goodwill visits by senior military officers, military personnel, and families.
Following the military coup, only Thailand, India, Russia, and China maintain diplomatic relations with the military council, and political analysts believe that these countries are using diplomacy to advance their own interests.
According to a report by Nyan Lin Thit, a research organization, nearly 370 civilians were killed by military airstrikes across the country in the eight months up to August of this year.
The military council carried out 478 airstrikes, an average of almost two airstrikes per day, damaging 58 religious buildings, 33 schools, and 13 hospitals in eight months.
News – Than Lwin Times