Shimla: A 15-day joint training exercise of the Indian Army with the Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh on Monday . The joint exercise between the two armies is an annual event.
“The armies of India and Thailand are conducting the yearly joint training exercise named Exercise Maitree 2017 from July 3 to July 17 at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh”, a Defence spokesman said .
As per the sources defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said that the aim of this joint exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between Royal Thailand Army (RTA) and the Indian Army.
He said ‘Exercise Maitree 2017’ is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army. The spokesman also said that approximately 50 troops from Royal Thailand Army and an equal number of Indian soldiers from the Northern Command will participate in the exercise.