Myanmar, India pledge to cooperate in fight against terrorism

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-07 10:31:41|Editor: ying
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YANGON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and India pledged to support each other in fight against terrorism, saying that both countries would not allow terrorism to take foot on their territories during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here.

During their meeting Wednesday, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Modi for the strong stand he has taken with regard to the terrorism threat in Myanmar.

She also stressed the role that India played in capacity building in Myanmar.

Modi pledged to strengthen the current friendly bilateral relations and carry out further cooperation in infrastructure, communications, health and capacity building sectors.

He also expressed appreciation over the efforts made by Myanmar in achieving peace in the country.

In a joint statement issued after the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding, Modi asserted that India stands by Myanmar amid challenges including terrorist attacks in Rakhine state.

He expressed hope that all stakeholders can find a way out in which the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected.

Modi also stressed the need for the two countries to work together to safeguard their land border and maritime boundary for regional security and stability.

In the joint statement, India also offered to give Myanmar nationals gratis visa in all categories, except e-visa, and grant special pardon to 40 imprisoned Myanmar nationals in India.

The two sides also pledged to carry out exchange programs of journalists and promote better understanding of political and economic development in both countries.

Modi, who arrived in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday on a three-day state visit, also met with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw.

The two leaders held talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation, effective implementation of the current joint projects, extending mutual support to each other at regional and international fora and anti-terrorism efforts.