India-Myanmar security deal for coordinated patrols

India-Myanmar security deal for coordinated patrols

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India and Myanmar have signed a deal for ‘enhanced cooperation’ between their security agencies in combating militancy, narcotics smuggling and poaching of wildlife.
The deal provides for coordinated patrol by the armed forces and coast guards of the two countries along their land and maritime borders.
India’s ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhaya, and Myanmar’s Deputy Defence Minister, Major General Kyaw Nyunt, recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Border Cooperation on behalf of the two governments in Nay Pyi Taw.The Ministry of External Affairs of Indian Government stated that the MoU on Border Cooperation would provide a framework for security cooperation and exchange of information between security agencies of India and Myanmar.
“A key provision is that of conduct of coordinated patrols on their respective sides of the international border and the maritime boundary by the Armed Forces of the two countries,” noted a statement from the MEA of India.
India and Myanmar share a 1,600-kilometre-long land border as well as a maritime boundary in Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and Coco Channel.
New Delhi and Nay Pyi Taw agreed to exchange information in the fight against insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking.
They also agreed to take steps to prevent illegal cross-border activities.
The MoU also spelt out level and frequency of meetings between the armed forces, drug control agencies and wildlife crime control agencies.
“It is expected that this MoU will lead to enhanced and tangible cooperation between Indian and Myanmar security agencies in ensuring peace, stability and security along the long international land and maritime border between the two countries,” noted the statement issued by the Indian government.
India has been seeking coordinated border patrols with Bangladesh as well for a while now. – bdnews24.com

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