NSA, FS in Myanmar; meet Prez Sein and top defence officials

NSA, FS in Myanmar; meet Prez Sein and top defence officials

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today 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 day-long 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 conduct 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. 

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