After India suspended construction on an internal container port on India-Myanmar border, the two countries this week signed an agreement on border cooperation, promising to exchange information on insurgents and drugs and human trafficking.

Both sides will conduct coordinated patrols on their respective sides of the international border and the maritime boundary. The agreement was signed by India’s ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhyay and Maj Gen Kyaw Nyunt deputy defence minister of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw. Under the pact, both sides agreed to exchange information in the fight against insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking.

The two sides also agreed to take steps to prevent illegal cross-border activities.

A statement by the MEA said, “Both sides have agreed to exchange information in the fight against insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking. Both sides have also agreed to take steps to prevent illegal cross-border activities. The level and frequency of meetings between the armed forces, drug control agencies and wildlife crime control agencies have been spelt out in the MoU.”

“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,” said the statement.

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