NSA Ajit Doval to visit Myanmar to discuss further `joint action` against insurgents

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

New Delhi, June 11: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit Myanmar soon to discuss further “joint action” against insurgents, it was disclosed on Wednesday, a day after the Indian Army carried out a surgical strike in that country.

The National Security Advisor stated to have been closely involved in planning the operation along the India-Myanmar border.

Doval will undertake the visit with a view to discuss with the authorities there “further joint action” against Northeast insurgents, high-level government sources said, adding the government and armies of the two countries are in “close and continued” contact on the issue.

Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhaya on Wednesday reviewed the post-operation situation with senior officials of the Myanmar government in the capital Nay Pyi Tow.

The sources, however, said India invoked May 2014 Border Agreement with Myanmar on border cooperation.

India and Myanmar had signed the MoU on border operation on May 8 last year, providing for a framework for security cooperation and exchange of information between security agencies of the two countries.

A key provision of the pact was conduct of coordinated patrols on their respective sides of the international border and the maritime boundary by the Armed Forces of the two countries.

A day after Army carried out the first of its kind surgical strike in Myanmar, government said that India’s response is a “lesson” to all militant groups that it will not hesitate in going beyond its borders to eliminate terrorists.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, meanwhile, fully backed the Army’s strike on insurgent camps in Myanmar, saying such operations should be continued to completely flush out militants from the region.

“The military’s action against insurgents with assistance from the Myanmarese government speaks volumes about India’s resolve to fight terror. This is a lesson and a message to all the terror groups that India will not hesitate in going beyond its geographical borders to eliminate terrorists,” Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

While replying to a query, he, however, refused to comment on if India will carry out a similar strike on Pakistan-based groups plotting terror against India.

Javadekar was speaking to reporters in Mumbai while outlining the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s one year in office.

Earlier on Tuesday, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had said, “This message is now very clear to all those who harboured intentions of terror on our country. Unprecedented though, but our Prime Minister has taken a very bold step and given a go ahead for hot pursuit into Myanmar.”

In a pre-dawn cross-border operation, elite commandos of the army in coordination with the air force went a few kilometres inside Myanmarese territory to destroy two camps of insurgents hiding there after their attacks in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh last week by suspected NSCN(K) and KYKL outfits.

(With Agency Inputs)

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