Krishna discusses counter-terrorism with Myanmar leaders
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Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009, 21:02
Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar): India and Myanmar on Friday discussed steps to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and curbing transnational crimes as External Affairs Minister S M Krishna held wide-ranging talks on issues of mutual interest with the leadership here.

Krishna discussed bilateral issues with his Myanmarese counterpart U Nyan Win. He later called on Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein during which the two leaders exchanged views on sharing intelligence.

It is understood that the Myanmarese leadership informed Krishna about the anti-insurgency operations they had launched against militants and their bases in this country.

India has been insisting that insurgents, particularly those from the northeastern regions, have set up bases in some border areas of Myanmar.

There have been reports that ULFA leader Paresh Barua has been hiding in the Kachin area along the Myanmar-China border.

Krishna, who wound up his two-day visit to Myanmar, also discussed with the leaders here stepping up of cooperation in the areas like energy, trade and improving connectivity between the two countries.

Earlier in the day, Krishna attended the 12th BIMSTEC Ministerial meeting which signed a Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

After the meeting, Krishna and Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal together called on Myanmar Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein.


First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009, 21:02

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