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Myanmar President visits agricultural exhibition in Delhi


October 15, 2011 - New Delhi

Myanmar President U Thein Sein, who is currently on a state visit to India at the invitation of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, attended an agricultural exhibition here on Saturday.

President Thein Sein visited an exhibition on 'Farm Implements and Machinery' in Indian Agricultural Research Institute along with the members of his delegation on the last day of his visit.

Agricultural produce and forestry products are leading in Myanmar's export to India whereas medicine and pharmaceutical products are topping its imports from India.

India stands as a major buyer of Myanmar's beans taking up 70 percent of the latter's exporting agricultural produce.

Emphasising the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing of intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, India and Myanmar on Friday agreed to enhance effective cooperation between the security forces of the two countries.

In a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Myanmar President U Thein Sein, both leaders agreed to enhance effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the menace of insurgency and terrorism, which has caused countless loss of innocent lives.

Both sides also underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing of intelligence to combat the menace of insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

They also discussed matters relating to further strengthening of border management mechanisms.

Both leaders reiterated that the territory of either would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by terrorist and insurgent organizations and their operatives.

Both leaders also reiterated their shared commitment to strengthening and broadening the multifaceted relationship based civilizational ties and close religious, and cultural affinities.

While acknowledging the fact that both sides have a responsibility to promote peace, security and stability in the region, they emphasized the need to intensify economic, social and developmental engagement in order to bring about overall socio-economic betterment and inclusive growth.

To carry forward the momentum of bilateral exchanges, it was agreed that a meeting of the External Affairs or Foreign Minister of the two countries would be held in New Delhi in early 2012 and the next round of Foreign Office consultations would be held in India at mutually convenient dates in 2012.

ANI

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