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Myanmar urged to strengthen cooperation

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NEW DELHI: India on Saturday urged Mynamar to further strengthen the cooperation on issues of mutual concern, including those related to security, drug trafficking and border management.

India's viewpoint was emphasised by Home Minister Shivraj Patil when a Myanmar delegation, led by Brig. Gen. Phone Swe, Deputy Home Minister, called on him here.

The visiting Minister requested India to provide training to civil servants and police officers of his country, a joint statement at the end of the 12th national-level meeting between India and Myanmar said.

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Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal led the Indian delegation. In the evening, the two sides read out the joint statement and said discussions took place in an atmosphere of utmost cordiality.

"Discussions centred around security-related issues which comprised activities of undesirable elements against the interest of each other and arms smuggling. Border management issues, including maintenance of border pillars, border fencing and rationalisation of free movement regime between the two countries were also discussed in detail," the statement said.

Mr. Duggal noted that the current round of meeting deepened the understanding, particularly on issues relating to security, drug trafficking and effective border management.

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