Myanmar won`t allow forces inimical to India on its soil: Gen

Myanmar on Thursday promised that its territories would not be allowed to be used by forces inimical to India.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 12, 2013, 22:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Myanmar on Thursday promised that its territories would not be allowed to be used by forces inimical to India. This was conveyed by Chief of Myanmar Army and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Defence Services of Myanmar, Vice Senior General Soe Win to President Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting here.

The Myanmarese Army Chief reiterated the assurance made jointly by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Myanmar President in May 2012 that territories of either country would not be allowed to be used for activities inimical to the other, including for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist and insurgent organisations and their operatives.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said the Chief of Myanmar Army has called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday.

Welcoming the Vice Senior General to India, the President said India-Myanmar bilateral relations have seen accelerated growth and expansion over the last two years.

India stands ready to build on this, particularly at a time when Myanmar is engaged in far-reaching political and economic reforms. India has in the last two years sought to extend and broaden defence cooperation with Myanmar.

The President recalled that during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May 2012, both countries had emphasised the need for enhanced cooperation between security forces and border guarding agencies for securing peace, security and stability in the border areas, which is was crucial for overall development.

Mukherjee expressed appreciation for the fact that in 2012, Myanmar had received all the three Chiefs of the Indian Defence Forces. He conveyed that India was happy to host the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his delegation in August, 2012.
He pointed out that the Indian Armed Forces have assisted Myanmar Army in training and capacity building under a special programme. The President expressed confidence that the Vice Senior General`s visit would further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
Responding to the President, the Vice Senior General said that the Myanmar Government was aware of the importance of peace and cooperation on the border and it stands ready to increase its cooperation with India.