Myanmar will take part in the annual Cobra Gold US-Thai military exercise next year for the first time as an observer, a source at the Defence Ministry said.
The decision to invite Myanmar to join the military drill was reached shortly after US President Barack Obama won a second term in office last week. Mr Obama is visiting Myanmar later this month. The trip, the first time a US president will visit the country, is part of a Southeast Asia tour that will also include stops in Thailand and Cambodia.
According to the source, Thailand had been lobbying for some time for Myanmar to take part in the annual drill.
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