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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw pays homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti

President Htin Kyaw's visit marks the first top-level engagement between the India and Myanmar since the election of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 30, 2016 10:35 am
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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw on Tuesday paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the national capital. He is on  a four-day visit to India.

On Monday, Kyaw called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also held talks with Primje Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The Myanmar President and PM Modi in their meeting agreed upon strengthening cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and insurgency in the region. The joint statement released, following the meeting, said that 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. Modi also asserted that India will assist the Myanmar government in its agenda of bringing about all-round growth after decades of poverty under military rule.

India and Myanmar share a 1,640 km border that runs along militancy-affected Nagaland and Manipur. India has, on numerous occasions, raised the issue of North-Eastern militant groups having training camps and bases in Myanmar.

President Htin Kyaw’s visit marks the first top-level engagement between the India and Myanmar since the election of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It is also the Myanmar President’s first overseas visit since assuming office in March 2016.

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