India, Myanmar agree to jointly fight ‘terrorism’


India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, U Wunna Maung Lwin in New Delhi on July 16, 2015. Photo: Ministry Of External Affairs - India

India and Myanmar agreed to fight “terrorism and insurgent activity in all its forms and manifestations” during the visit of Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin to India, following discussions with Sushma Swaraj on July 16, reports The Times of India on July 16.

The first high level visit from Myanmar after India’s military operation inside that country. India has agreed to help in the modernization of the Myanmar army and even help build up a navy for Myanmar. U Wunna Maung Lwin had met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval the day before. 

The visit, the first after India's cross-border raids into Myanmar to destroy insurgent camps is a sign that both sides want to minimize gaps in political and security engagement between them. While Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar had visited Myanmar before the army operation national security adviser, Ajit Doval had gone after the raids and a public relations mess-up inside India, to thank Myanmar and soothe ruffled feathers within their system, the newspaper reports.

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