July 24: New Delhi: Myanmar on Saturday assured India that its territory will not be allowed to be used for anti-India activities.

This assurance was given by visiting Myanmarese Foreign Minister U Win Aung during wide-ranging discussions with his Indian counterpart K Natwar Singh.

Asked if the issue of Naga insurgents figured in the talks, External Affairs Ministry spokesman said bilateral issues were discussed including terrorism.

“Global terrorism was discussed… The Foreign Minister of Myanmar gave an assurance that no no terrorist group would be allowed to use Myanmar’s territory for activities which are inimical to India,” he said.

India, he said, had proposed cooperation with Myanmar to fight terrorism and counter-proposals to that have been received from Yangon. These were being “examined and studied,” he said.

New Delhi and Yangon also decided to enhance their trade to one billion US Dollars by year 2006. Two border trading points had been opened earlier to carry forward bilateral trade.

The Myanmarese Foreign Minister, who arrived on a three-day visit on Friday, called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this evening.

Observing that Myanmar could act as a “bridge” between India and South East and South East Asia as well as India and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the spokesman said the two leaders recalled their meeting in December 2003 during which they had discussed
Indo-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project.

Singh, who had met his Myanmarese counterpart on the sidelines of the Asean Reional Forum meeting in Jakarta earlier this month, also talked about economic and energy cooperation.

India offered assistance to Myanmar in the fields of information technology, HRD, railways, highways and inland water transport, among others.