India says its presence at the signing of National Ceasefire Agreement, NCA, in Myanmar demonstrates its continued support to the peace process in that country. In reply to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, comprehensive peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar will also be conducive for the peace and prosperity of the North eastern States of India.
Two ethnic armed groups signed the ceasefire agreement with the government yesterday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict.
The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson has said the event is another step in the process.
Given the positive bilateral relationship between India and Myanmar and the significance for India of the Myanmar peace process, Myanmar had earlier invited India together with China, Japan, Thailand, UN and EU to sign the NCA as international witnesses in October 2015. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had represented India on that occasion.