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Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to meet his Indian counterpart S. M. Krishna to discuss preparations for the Indian prime minister’s visit to Burma in early March. Burmese President Thein Sein visited India in October last year.

Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin addresses the 66th general assembly of the United Nations in New York in this file photo. Photo: AFP

India and Burma have increased contact since Burma began a series of democratic reforms last year, signing a number of agreements involving military equipment, training, economic development and security issues along their joint border.

Burmese Deputy Home Minister Brigadier-General Kyaw Zan Myint and the Indian home secretary met last week in Naypyitaw to discuss a memorandum of understanding on border affairs and matters of common interest.

During President Sein’s visit, the two countries had reaffirmed their “unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, agreeing on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the deadly menace of insurgency and terrorism.”

The talks also involved ways to share intelligence to combat insurgency, arms smuggling and drug trafficking, and an agreement to strengthen border management mechanisms.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Myanmar around May 10, sources said on Sunday, as well as attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit meeting.