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IMPHAL| Oct 18
In a step towards strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, fifteen trained ceremonial horses were handed over by the Indian Army to Myanmar Army in a function organized by 26 Sector Assam Rifles at Moreh on October 18, said a release from IGAR (South).
Organised at 11 Assam Rifles complex at Moreh, the handing and taking over ceremony witnessed the attendance of a large delegation from Myanmar which included seven officers and three veterinary doctors along with twenty handlers and drivers.
The Myanmarese delegation was led by 2nd commanding officer, RCC, colonel Nyi Nyi Tin and officiating commanding officer of the 89 Light Infantry regiment, major Aung Myo Myint, while the Indian delegation was led by the commandant of 11 Assam Rifles and officer, Commanding Army Dog Unit, lieutenant colonel VK Mishra. Town commander, Moreh, major Animesh Tripathi and other staff officers were also present as part of the delegation, the release said.
The trained ceremonial horses were provided on sale to Myanmar Army in furtherance of defence foreign co-operation measures, it said while adding that the Indian Army had also previously gifted fifteen ceremonial horses and fifteen sniffer dogs to Myanmar Army in the month of March and May 2017.
The release further stated that the horses have been bred, reared and trained at Remount Training School and Depot, Remount Veterinary Corps establishment at Hempur, Uttarakhand which has got a rich experience of 240 years of breeding and training of horses, mules and dogs for the Indian Army and other friendly foreign countries.
After travelling a distance of 2500 km over a period of 11 days, the horses which started their road journey from Hempur, Uttarakhand on October 6, reached Moreh on October 17. These horses were personally selected from amongst more than three thousand horses at Remount Training School and Depot, Hempur by a delegation from Myanmar during their visit to the establishment in the month of September 2018, it said.
The sale of the fifteen trained ceremonial horses in furtherance of defence foreign co-operation measures will further enhance mutual trust and bonding between the armies of both nations and give a boost to the already existing friendly relations between both countries, the release added.