A military delegation left Yangon for Israel on Saturday at the invitation of Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, officials said.
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing led the delegation comprised of senior military officers of the army, the navy and the air forces, including Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo and Maj-Gen Maung Maung Aye of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Naval Chief of Staff Commodore Moe Aung, Air Force Chief of Staff Brig-Gen Maung Maung Kyaw and Commander of Central Command Maj-Gen Soe Htut.
Myanmar established its diplomatic relations with Israel on 5 December 1949, with an embassy opened in Tel Aviv in 1955. Israel opened its embassy in Yangon two years later.
This is seen as a goodwill visit to Israel by a head of the country’s defence services 56 years after visits by former prime minister U Nu in 1955 and former commander-in-chief Gen Ne Win in 1959.
According to sources close to the circles of the defence services, the goodwill visit by the country’s military delegation would focused on promotion of bilateral military cooperation and friendly relations and observation of heavy industries.