Indian Army chief General MM Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla on October 5 finalised India’s coastal shipping agreement with Myanmar in a meeting with its state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
It will further strengthen security ties between the two countries amid the Chinese aggression.
India and China continue to remain locked in a military face-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.
On October 5, the Indian embassy in Myanmar said that Naravane and the foreign secretary along with ambassador Saurabh Kumar called on the state counsellor at Naypyitaw to discuss important bilateral issues.
Sources said the meeting ahead of the Myanmar general elections, was to finalise the coastal shipping agreement for the launch of the Kaladan multi-modal project and discuss measures to strengthen security ties against China-backed insurgent groups.
Myanmar will go to polls on November 8.
The coastal shipping agreement will allow Indian ships to reach Mizoram via Sittwe Port on the Bay of Bengal and through the Kaladan river multi-modal link. The project, envisioned by the Vajpayee government, had been pending for the past 20 years, sources said.
The two sides, sources said, also discussed security related issues and initiatives to block the India-Myanmar border to China-backed Indian insurgents and drug traffickers in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Paresh Baruah-headed ULFA is stated to be based in Yunnan province of China.
Sources said the top officials also discussed the return and rehabilitation of the Rohingyas refugees in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
As part of India’s contribution to help a friendly neighbour, Myanmar’s fight against COVID-19, Shringla and Naravane handed over 3,000 vials of Remdesivir to Aung San Suu Kyi, Ambassador Saurabh Kumar’s office in Naypyitaw said.