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Assured that Myanmar soil will not be used against India: PM

Describing his visit to Myanmar as "very useful", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said President Thein Sein has assured him that his country's soil will not be used against India.

india Updated: May 29, 2012 22:40 IST

Describing his visit to Myanmar as "very useful", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said President Thein Sein has assured him that his country's soil will not be used against India.

"I have assurance from President Sein that Myanmar territory will not be used against India and our (Myanmar) border remains as peaceful as humanely possible," he told reporters onboard his special flight on return from his three-day visit to the country.

He was replying to a question about Indian insurgents active in Northeast taking shelter in Myanmar.

Singh, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Myanmar in 25 years, said he had a "very useful" visit to the country.

He said the talks held yesterday with Myanmar leadership was for strengthening of bilateral relations.

Asked what was the biggest message that he gave, Singh said, "The biggest message that I gave was India is appreciative of efforts being taken by President Sein for political reforms."

He said India's relations with Myanmar has taken a new turn with the visit of Sein in October last year.

He said the whole focus of his talks with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was national reconciliation and political reforms being undertaken in Myanmar.

He said Suu Kyi explained to him the problems being faced by people of Myanmar to which he replied "our problems are also very similar."

Prime Minister said India would not like to tell Myanmar on how to tackle these problems but could "gently" make efforts to find solutions to these problems.