India, Myanmar vows to tackle terrorism in the region
New Delhi: As India and Myanmar find ways to strengthen its relationship with its other during the first overseas visit of President U Htin Kyaw to India, both countries stressed the need to respect each other, "reiterating their commitment to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other," something that is being viewed with much interest, given the Indian Army's operations against Naga rebels in areas along the Indo-Myanmar border. Insurgent groups will not be allowed use their soil "for hostile activities against the other side."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both the countries have agreed to work together for safety and security of the people.
Stating that Myanmar is special for India, the Prime Minister said the neighbouring country holds a unique position in India's neighbourhood. It is a land bridge that connects India with Southeast Asia
Both countries also decided to continue the "policy of not allowing any insurgent groups to use their soil for hostile activities against the other side".
In a joint statement, both sides resolved to strengthen defence cooperation, including enhanced cooperation between their security forces and border-guarding agencies "which is crucial to maintaining peace and stability along the long Indo-Myanmar border".
India and Myanmar also inked four pacts. The first agreement pertains to construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa section of the trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand. The second agreement is on upgrading the Kalewa-Yargi section of the trilateral highway. The third agreement is on cooperation in the field of renewable energy, while the fourth agreement is on cooperation in the field of traditional medicines.
India has for long been pressing Myanmar to launch a flush-out operation like those carried out in Bhutan and Bangladesh.
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