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
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.