India & Myanmar discuss projects in strife-torn Rakhine

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NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar Thursday held foreign office consultations with the government reiterating support for democratic transition and national reconciliation in Myanmar. The two countries also reviewed progress in the


on development projects being carried out by India in the strife-torn Rakhine state which saw mass exodus by the internally displaced Rohingyas.
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, who led the Indian delegation, said that work under

the Border Area Development Programme

and Rakhine State Development Programme continued apace.
“Recently, we have entered into a trilateral cooperation with Japan on the Rakhine State under which we will create soft infrastructure for 15 schools. Our efforts towards ensuring an early, safe and sustainable repatriation of internally displaced persons to Myanmar will continue,” said Shringla in the meeting.
India and Myanmar also discussed border related issues with Shringla saying India attached the highest priority to the settlement of the remaining boundary issues and that it had proposed holding the next meeting of the Joint Boundary Working Group at the earliest.
Shringla also requested for an early conclusion of the Extradition Treaty,

Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty

on Civil and Commercial matters and Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
“We have remained sensitive to each other’s security concerns. Myanmar’s handing over of 22 Indian insurgents has been deeply appreciated by the government of India and sends a strong message of deterrence to inimical elements on both sides,” said Shringla in the meeting.
The foreign secretary said that despite the challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, India was working towards operationalising the

Sittwe Port

by the first quarter of next year.

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