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Battle in Myanmar is worrying India and Bangladesh: Hasan Mahmud

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud meets National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in New Delhi on February 7, 2024. Photo: X/@DrHasanMahmud62

The escalating battle between Myanmar’s navy and ethnic armed organisations (EAO) is a matter of concern for each India and Bangladesh as each nations share borders with Myanmar, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Hasan Mahmud stated in New Delhi on Wednesday. Speaking to the media after assembly National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the visiting Minister stated the 2 sides had been engaged on guaranteeing stability and regional safety, and warranted that new connectivity initiatives had been prone to take off between India and Bangladesh within the coming months.

“We discussed the situation in Myanmar because the situation is getting worse day by day. So far, until today — this morning — 388 people, mostly border security guards of Myanmar, and Army personnel, have entered Bangladesh [through the border along Chittagong and Rakhine]. We have given them shelter. We are in consultation with them so that they take them back,” Mr. Mahmud stated throughout an interplay with the media on the Press Club of India.

Mr. Mahmud is on his first go to overseas after taking cost because the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh on January 11.

“Our Ambassador in Myanmar has met with the Foreign Minister of Myanmar and they have agreed to take them back. How they will take them back — by ship or by air — that is a question of discussion. But the situation in Myanmar is worrying both the countries because both the countries share the border with Myanmar. We discussed this issue with the National Security Adviser because regional peace and security is important,” Mr. Mahmud stated. Myanmar border guards and navy personnel who’re in Bangladesh featured within the talks with Mr. Doval, he stated.

Apart from the incursion of navy personnel from Myanmar, Bangladesh has confronted spill-over bombing from the Myanmarese aspect in the previous couple of days, which killed two civilians in its territory. The combat between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar navy is happening very near the border with Cox’s Bazar, and witnesses have reported that they will hear the sound of explosives and bullets being exchanged.

The battle in Myanmar has escalated since final October when a coalition of the Arakan Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army launched a joint assault on the Myanmar navy models, which subsequently led to the Arakan Army capturing the commercially important Paletwa city close to the India and Bangladesh borders. With elevated casualties on the Myanmarese aspect, plenty of Myanmar border safety personnel and navy personnel have been searching for refuge in Bangladesh and in India’s Mizoram. Mr. Mahmud met together with his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and held delegation-level talks on Wednesday night, which included a overview of cross-border connectivity.

Bangladesh already hosts greater than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees who had been displaced by the Myanmar navy in 2017. Now, each India and Bangladesh are going through the fall-out of the clashes between the Myanmar navy, often known as the Tatmadaw, and ethnic armed organisations.

On January 2, a minimum of 150 Myanmarese navy personnel had been flown from Mizoram to Sittwe. On January 23, a Burmese Army airplane crashed at Lengpui airport, which was engaged within the evacuation of personnel who had sought refuge in India. While the combating that’s worrying India and Bangladesh is happening within the Chin and Rakhine States, and the Sagaing division, there are experiences that equally intense conflicts have been happening in different components of the nation.

On Wednesday, the UNICEF condemned the killing of 4 kids and two academics in an air strike by the Myanmar navy in Kayah State close to the Thailand border within the east.

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