18th national level meeting between Myanmar, India held in Delhi

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 10:10 hrs

The 18th national level meeting between Myanmar and India was recently held here.

The Indian delegation was led by A.K Mangotra, Secretary, Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. The Myanmar delegation was led by Brig. General Kyaw Zan Myint, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Recalling the shared culture and traditionally close relationship between India and Myanmar, Mangotra expressed India's commitment to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries to eliminate the nexus between the drug trade, arms smuggling and extremism/terrorism.

Mangotra sought Myanmar's cooperation for co-ordinated patrolling along the Indo -Myanmar border and dismantling IIGs camps in Myanmar for peace and economic prosperity in the region.

Brig. General Myint reiterated the assurance that Myanmar would never allow insurgents and negative elements to use its own territory for activities inimical to its neighbour India

Both sides discussed and agreed to cooperate closely on issues like insurgent Groups along the border, arms Smuggling and drug trafficking, border management issues, Myanmar Fishermen in Aand N jails, illegal smuggling of wild life parts, inspection and verification of pillars.

Both sides also expressed satisfaction over opening of a third Border Liaison Office (BLO) between Changlang, India and Pangsau, Myanmar.

Both the leaders emphasized on nurturing BLOs to promote cooperation between law enforcement agencies of both the countries for peace and tranquility along the border. It was decided to open a fourth BLO in Nagaland sector between Ukhrul, Manipur, India and Somra, Myanmar. (ANI)

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