Indian Army Chief MM Naravane on Wednesday, in his first comment on the military coup in Myanmar, asserted that India wants a “stable” Myanmar. Acknowledging Myanmar as a bridge between India and the South Asian countries, the Army Chief said, “Myanmar plays a key role in India’s foreign policy.
I think the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has already stated the country’s position in this regard that – we support the process for transition to democracy and that is what we should be looking forward to.” Naravane was attending a virtual conference on the role of the Indian Army in dealing with the contemporary national security challenges.
Naravane went on to highlight the Myanmar Army’s role in the fight against insurgency along Indian borders in the north-east states, and stated, “As far as military to military level interaction is concerned, we share a good repo, especially on the border where we conversate quite often. Over the last two years, we had a good number of co-ordinated operations in border areas along with Nagaland and Manipur.”
“Myanmar Army has carried out operations in flushing out various Indian insurgent groups, who were taking temporary shelters across the border. AS a result of that, a large number of insurgent group surrender took place”, he added.
The military coup in Myanmar
The Myanmar military overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 and declared a year-long state of emergency hours before the newly-elected parliament was about to convene.