India and Myanmar Monday decided to deepen their cooperation to combat terrorism and insurgent activities in the region, days after the Indian Army reportedly conducted a cross-border raid against insurgents.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with the visiting President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw, in the first top-level engagement with the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.
“We recognised that our security interests are closely aligned. And, we agreed on the need to remain sensitive to each other’s strategic interests and concerns. To this end, (Myanmar’s) President and I agreed to work together for the safety and security of our people. And, actively cooperate to combat the common challenges of terrorism and insurgent activity in our region,” Modi said after the bilateral talks.
The joint statement said both sides reiterated their commitment to continue following the policy of not allowing any insurgent group to use their soil for hostile activities against the other side. The two sides also agreed that Maritime Security Cooperation in the Bay of Bengal is vital for both countries.
India and Myanmar share a 1,640 km border that runs along militancy-affected Nagaland and Manipur. India has been raising with Myanmar the issue of several Northeast militant outfits having training camps in that country. Referring to the new Myanmar government’s agenda of bringing in all-round growth and development in the country, Modi said, “Let me assure you that at every step of the way 1.25 billion people of India will stand by you — both as partners and as friends.” The two sides inked four MoUs to boost cooperation in connectivity, medicine and renewable energy.