No anti-India activities from our soil: Myanmar

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Nay Pyi Taw, Jun 22: Myanmar Tuesday, Jun 21 gave "firm assurances" to India that its territory will not be used for anti-India activities, as their foreign ministers held a series of "positive and constructive" meetings with focus on cooperation in security, energy and agriculture.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is on a three day visit to the country to talk and understand the "priorities and thinking" of the recently formed civilian government, held bilateral talks with the country's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin.

On the issue of security cooperation, sources said Myanmar has reiterated its "firm assurances" that the country's territory will not be be allowed to be used for any anti-India activities.

Security cooperation has been a major part of India- Myanmar relations because of the long border that it shares with four Northeast states. Many insurgent groups operating in the area are known to take advantage of the thick jungles along the border in Myanmar to take refuge.

Krishna also called on Vice President U Tin Aung Myint Oo in the evening besides holding meeting with the country's Minister for Electric Power.

"The talks were excellent, positive, constructive and forward looking," a member of the Indian delegation said when asked about the bilateral meetings held.

While the meetings were a bid to foster strategic and economic ties between the two neighbours, sources said a number of issues with regard to cooperation in the field of health and agriculture were also discussed. 

PTI

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