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Peace process in Myanmar will benefit NE states: India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As two rebel groups signed a pact with government, today said it will continue to support the peace process and that national reconciliation in the neighbouring country will also benefit the north-eastern states.

ministry Raveesh Kumar said comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in will also be conducive for peace and prosperity in India's north-eastern region.

The presence of Indian demonstrates the country's continued support to the peace process in Myanmar, he said.

"supports the peace process. Comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar will also be conducive for the peace and prosperity of the north-eastern states of India," Kumar said.

The two groups -- (NMSP) and the Lahu (LDU) -- signed the National Agreement (NCA), joining the peace process. Eight groups had joined the peace process in 2015.

Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit and

Kumar said given the "positive" bilateral ties and significance for of Myanmar's peace process, the neighbouring country had earlier invited together with China, Japan, Thailand, UN and to sign the international witnesses in October 2015.

He said NSA had represented India on that occasion.

"Today's event is another step in the process with two more parties, the NMSP and the LDU, agreeing to sign the NCA. The presence of our demonstrates India's continued support to the peace process in Myanmar," Kumar said.

He was responding to a query on India's presence at the signing of the NCA in Myanmar.

The government of is pursuing the peace process in the country and impressing upon various rebel groups to join it.

India has been concerned over some militant groups from the North-East region taking shelter in Myanmar. The country has been assuring India that it would not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against India.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:15 IST