Army chief, foreign secretary to seal shipping agreement and security ties with Myanmar

Army chief, foreign secretary to seal shipping agreement and security ties with Myanmar

Indian Army chief General MM Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla will comprehensively review ties with Myanmarese leadership in order that there’s no discrepancy within the exchange of views, consistent with South Block officials.

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On the eve of Myanmar general elections, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla are headed towards Naypyidaw on Sunday to seal the much-awaited coastal shipping agreement to activate the Kaladan multi-modal project and cement security ties against insurgent groups. Gen Naravane and Shringla will meet senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counselor of Myanmar, as the last incoming foreign visitors before the November 8 elections.

According to South Block officials, both Gen Naravane and Shringla will comprehensively review ties with Myanmarese leadership in order that there’s no discrepancy within the exchange of views. The highlight of the one-day two-day visit is going to be the coastal shipping agreement which will allow Indian ships to succeed in Mizoram via Sittwe Port on the Bay of Bengal and thru the Kaladan river multi-modal link. This project has been hanging fire for the past 20 years when it had been envisaged by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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The two sides also will discuss strengthening security ties by making the India-Myanmar border impenetrable to the anti-India insurgents and drug smugglers. an outsized number of anti-India insurgents are based across the Moreh border in Manipur and across Vijayanagar salient in Arunachal Pradesh. The anti-India insurgents are armed with Chinese weapons with their leaders like Paresh Baruah of the ULFA based in Ruili in Yunnan of China. The Indian-Myanmar border is additionally wont to smuggle synthetic drugs like YABA and heroin.

India and Myanmar also will discuss in increasing cooperation within the energy sector with New Delhi already investing quite $1.4 billion dollars into the event of hydrocarbon-rich off-shore blocks within the Andaman Seas.

While there’s a big presence of China in Myanmar within the infrastructure, hydrocarbon, power, and ports sector, Naypyidaw is keen to develop across the board ties with India. The Myanmarese leadership is obvious that its ties with China can’t be at the value of the bilateral relationship with India.

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During the visit of Indian top officials, the 2 sides also will discuss the difficulty of rehabilitation of the Rohingyas with India already discussing the facilitation of the refugees back to Myanmar. All three countries don’t want Pakistan-based Islamist groups to infiltrate into the Rohingya refugee settlements on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and radicalize them. Already there’s evidence that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Bangladesh-based Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group have sent their cadres to radicalize the Rohingyas.

“As India sees Myanmar because the key to develop and secure its north-east region, the dialogue with Naypyidaw is going to be comprehensive and discuss all aspects of the connection,” said a senior official.

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