India has pitched in for Myanmar’s return to democracy as soon as possible, as well as the release of detainees and convicts, as well as the bolstering of security mechanisms to combat cross-border violence in the Northeast. Myanmar is said to have stated that it will not allow anti-India actions to take place on its soil.
When the Foreign Secretary visited Myanmar on December 22-23, these problems were at the top of the agenda. During his visit, he met with members of civil society and political groups, including the National League for Democracy, as well as the Chairman of the State Administrative Council and other top officials. He also met with Myanmarese ambassadors and UN representatives.
Officials added that throughout his discussions, the Foreign Secretary stressed India’s desire to see Myanmar return to democracy as soon as possible, as well as the release of detainees and prisoners, the resolution of disputes via dialogue, and the complete cessation of all violence.
“As a democracy and a near neighbour, India has been involved in Myanmar’s democratic transition process, and has worked with diverse stakeholders to build capacity in democratic systems and practises.” According to a MEA statement, “India seeks to renew these efforts for Myanmar to emerge as a stable, democratic, federal union in conformity with the views of the people of Myanmar.”
According to officials, the Foreign Secretary underlined India’s strong and persistent support for the ASEAN initiative, and expressed hope for pragmatic and constructive progress based on the five-point consensus.
Foreign Secretary Sushma Swaraj emphasised India’s long border with Myanmar and expressed India’s sustained humanitarian assistance to Myanmar’s people. He handed out one million doses of “Made in India” vaccines to the Myanmar Red Cross Society as part of Myanmar’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A portion of this shipment will be used to help communities along Myanmar’s border with India. Myanmar would also receive a subsidy of 10,000 tonnes of rice and wheat.
Foreign Secretary Sushma Swaraj also expressed India’s continued support for people-centric socio-economic development projects, including those along the India-Myanmar border areas, as well as India’s commitment to expedite the implementation of ongoing connectivity initiatives like the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project and the Trilateral Highway, according to officials. Shringla also reaffirmed India’s resolve to continue with the Development Programme and Border Area Development Programme projects for Myanmar’s benefit.
According to sources, the visit also provided an opportunity to discuss issues concerning India’s security, particularly in light of the recent event in Churachandpur district in southern Manipur.
The Foreign Secretary emphasised the importance of ending all forms of violence and maintaining peace and stability along the border. Both parties reaffirmed their commitment to not allowing their respective territory to be used for actions that are harmful to the other.