MILEX-18 is the first military exercise of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries held in Pune. All the members of BIMSTEC except Thailand and Nepal are participating in the exercise (participants- India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar). Instead Nepal and Thailand are sending group of observers. The theme of the exercise is counter-terrorism in semi-urban terrain. India's aim is to strengthen cooperative defence diplomacy by maintaining good military relations in the region.
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