India, Myanmar pact on intelligence sharing

NEW DELHI, Oct 15 – India and Myanmar on Friday agreed to strengthen the intelligence sharing mechanism to combat insurgency, smuggling and drug trafficking.

A joint statement issued after the formal bilateral talks between President U Thein Sein and Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh reaffirmed their unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

India and Myanmar agreed on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the deadly menace of insurgency and terrorism, which has caused countless loss of innocent lives. “Both sides also underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing of intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking,” the statement.

In this context, the two sides decided to further strengthen the border management mechanisms. The two leaders reiterated the assurance that the territory of either would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist and insurgent organizations and their operatives.

Myanmar and India welcoming scheduling of meeting of the heads of Survey Department of India and Myanmar in November, directed the heads to jointly work out and implement a schedule for inspection and maintenance of boundary pillars in the open season in 2011-12 in a time bound manner.

U Thien Sein, who is here at the invitation of President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, is leading a 67-member delegation including 13 senior ministers and top military officials.

This morning, President U Thein Sein held a meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, which was followed by delegation level talks. The meeting was joined by Home Minister P. Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Jaipal Reddy, Minister of Power, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma, Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh, besides National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon.

Agreeing to carry forward the momentum of bilateral exchanges, the two sides agreed that a meeting of the Foreign Minister of the two countries would be held in New Delhi in early 2012 and the next round of Foreign Office Consultations would be held in India next year.