NSA, FS in Myanmar; meet Prez Sein and top defence officials
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday held comprehensive talks with Myanmarese President U Thein Sein and top defence brass on security cooperation in Myanmar, days after Indian Army carried out a counter-insurgency offensive along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Enhancing security cooperation between the two countries was the main focus of the meetings which were also attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
According to sources, Doval and Jaishankar called on President Sein, Commander-in-Chief and Foreign Minister and the discussions included “continued security cooperation and coordination along the India-Myanmar border and on other bilateral issues”.
The officials are on <g data-gr-id="16">day-long</g> visit to Myanmar.
Doval has been closely involved in planning the June 9 operation along the India-Myanmar border in which India invoked May 2014 Border Agreement with Myanmar on border cooperation which provides for a framework for security cooperation and exchange of information between security agencies of the two countries.
A key provision of the pact was <g data-gr-id="19">conduct</g> of coordinated patrols on their respective sides of the international border and the maritime boundary by the Armed Forces of the two countries.
In a pre-dawn cross-border operation, elite commandos of the army in coordination with the air force went a few kilometres inside Myanmarese territory to destroy two camps of insurgents hiding there after their recent attacks in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh by suspected NSCN(K) and KYKL groups.