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

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Indian Army chief General MM Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla On the account of Myanmar general elections headed to Naypyidaw this Sunday to seal the much-awaited agreement of  coastal shipping which will activate the Kaladan multi-modal project and cement security ties against rebel  groups. General Naravane and foreign Secretary Shringla will meet senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi who is  the state counsellor of Myanmar. This meeting will be accounted as last incoming foreign visitors before elections on November 8.

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Visit is placed ahead of general elections in Myanmar

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MM Naravane, Indian Army chief General and Harsh Shringla, foreign secretary will thoroughly review ties with Myanmarese leadership in according to have no discrepancy in the exchange of views.

Discussion on  strengthening security ties will be conducted between the two sides by making the India-Myanmar border impassable to anti-India insurgents and drug smugglers. Huge number of anti-India rebels are based across the Moreh border in Manipur and also reside across Vijayanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. The anti-India rebels are armed with Chinese weapons having leaders like Paresh Baruah of the ULFA based in Ruili in Yunnan province of China. The Indo-Myanmar border is also used to smuggle synthetic drugs like heroin and YABA.

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Myanmar keen to develop board ties with India

The issue of rehabilitation of the Rohingyas with India and the facilitation of the refugees back to Myanmar will also be discussed during the visit of the Indian officials. The increased cooperation in the energy sector with India with investment of more than $1.4 billion dollars for the development of hydrocarbon-rich off-shore blocks in Andaman Seas. There is a significant presence of China in infrastructure, hydrocarbon, power and ports sector in Myanmar due to which Naypyidaw is very keen to develop board ties with India to curb out the presence of China.

 

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