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India offers to broker peace in Myanmar

External Affairs Minister also pressed for credible security protection for ongoing projects in the country.
Last Updated : 26 June 2024, 22:08 IST

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New Delhi: India on Wednesday offered to play the role of a peacemaker in Myanmar, where countless were killed and maimed and millions displaced due to a raging conflict between the military junta and a coalition of ethnic militias seeking a return to democracy.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a meeting with Myanmar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister U Than Shwe, who was transiting through New Delhi.

“Discussed our deep concern at the impact of continuing violence and instability in Myanmar on our border,” Jaishankar posted on X after briefly hosting Shwe at his office in New Delhi. “India is open to engaging all stakeholders in addressing this situation,” added the external affairs minister, virtually offering to mediate between the military junta and the coalition of militias.

New Delhi has been very cautious in its response to the military coup in Myanmar.

India’s strategic interests have always been holding it back from condemning the Myanmar Army as it has since long been trying to resist China’s bid to expand its geopolitical influence in the neighbouring South East Asian nation.

“Particularly flagged illegal narcotics, arms smuggling, and trafficking in persons as priority challenges,” Jaishankar wrote on X after meeting with his counterpart from Myanmar. He also sought cooperation for the early return of Indian nationals, who were trapped in Myawaddy in Myanmar and were being forced to work for transnational cyber crime gangs.

External Affairs Minister also pressed for credible security protection for ongoing projects in the country.

“Urged early return to the path of democratic transition in Myanmar. India stands ready to help in any manner,” he posted on X.

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Published 26 June 2024, 22:08 IST

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