India Intelligence Report

   India, Myanmar Boost Ties



  • India, Myanmar complete 7th round of discussions

  • Agree to boost ties to next level and focus on energy and economy

  • Discuss pipeline but decision is unknown

Ignoring global initiatives to isolate Yangon, India and Myanmar concluded the 7th round of bilateral consultations and decided to take their energy and economic ties to a new level by focusing their efforts on large infrastructure projects. Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, who was a former ambassador to Myanmar, led the Indian delegation and the Myanmar side was led by Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu.

A Foreign Ministry statement said that "The talks covered the entire gamut of India-Myanmar bilateral relations, with special emphasis on issues such as security, energy, trade and economic cooperation and infrastructure projects."

Apparently, both sides explored options to realize the immense potential for cooperation that exists in areas such as energy and trade. Specifically, they discussed the Myanmar-Bangladesh-India pipeline languishing because of continued lack of cooperation from Bangladesh.

They also discussed terrorism where insurgents from the northeast have used Myanmar as a base to launch attacks on India. The statement said "The two took stock of the common security challenges facing their respective countries and stressed the need for keeping their borders peaceful and tranquil."

Yesterday, India announced that it has decided to build a port at Sittwe on the Myanmar coast to give connectivity to the northeastern state of Mizoram.