Thu 21 Dec 2006
Filed under: News,Regional
India’s Union Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil today agreed to arrange for training and capacity building of Burmese officials during Home Minister level talks in New Delhi, Indian Home Ministry sources said.
At the one-day bilateral talks, Mr. Patil, assured his Burmese counterpart Maj. Gen. Maung Oo, “of all possible assistance in the field of training and capacity-building of Myanmar Home Ministry officials,” Onkar Kedia of Media & Communication Department of the Indian Home Ministry told Mizzima.
The two ministers discussed various issues of mutual interest and concerns of India and Burma. Mr. Patil wanted his counterpart to effectively manage the border.
India has long utilized such meetings to reiterate its call to Burma to effectively manage the border and in particular flush out Indian insurgent groups operating from Burmese soil.
While Maung Oo agreed to extend full cooperation to India with regard to security, drug trafficking and effective border management, he wanted India to provide training for Burmese officials to handle the task.
Maung Oo, who is in India since December 17 at the invitation of Mr. Patil, also visited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) at Bangalore, the National Police Academy and the software development facility of a leading firm in Hyderabad.