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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 12.12.2013

Vice Senior General Soe Win, Chief of Myanmar Army and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Defence Services of Myanmar called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee yesterday (December 11, 2013) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming the Vice Senior General to India, the President said India-Myanmar bilateral relations have seen accelerated growth and expansion over the last two years. India stands ready to build on this, particularly at a time when Myanmar is engaged in far-reaching political and economic reforms. India has in the last two years sought to extend and broaden defence cooperation with Myanmar.

The President recalled that during the visit of our Prime Minister to Myanmar in May 2012, both countries had emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation between security forces and border guarding agencies for securing peace, security and stability in the border areas, which is was crucial for overall development.

The President expressed appreciation for the fact that in 2012, Myanmar had received all the three Chiefs of the Indian Defence Forces. He conveyed that India was happy to host the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his delegation in August, 2012. He pointed out that the Indian Armed Forces have assisted Myanmar Army in training and capacity building under Government of India’s ITEC programme. The President expressed confidence that the Vice Senior General’s visit would further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

Responding to the President, the Vice Senior General said that the Myanmar Government was aware of the importance of peace and cooperation on the border and it stands ready to increase its cooperation with India. He reiterated the assurance made jointly by the Prime Minister and Myanmar President in May 2012 that territories of either country would not be allowed to be used for activities inimical to the other, including for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist and insurgent organisations and their operatives.

This release issued at 1830 hrs