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India has ended the Free Movement Regime with Myanmar citing threat to internal security and demographic change

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India ends free movement regime with Myanmar with immediate effect: Amit Shah

  • India ends FMR with Myanmar
  • Shah cites threat to internal security 
  • Concerns over demographic change
India ends free movement regime with Myanmar with immediate effect: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the government has suspended the free movement regime between India and Myanmar with immediate effect and that the Ministry of External Affairs is in the process of scrapping it.

Taking to social media X, Shah said that the agreement is being called off to protect the internal security of the country and maintain the demographic structure of India’s North Eastern States bordering Myanmar.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided that the Free Movement Regime (FMR) between India and Myanmar be scrapped to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the demographic structure of India’s North Eastern States bordering Myanmar. Since the Ministry of External Affairs is currently in the process of scrapping it, MHA has recommended the immediate suspension of the FMR,” Shah said.

There have been concerns that militants and trans-border criminals are misusing the regime to smuggle weapons, and fake currency, and take refuge.

This comes after India decided to fence the entire 1,643-km-long India-Myanmar border on Tuesday.

Also Watch: India to fence entire Myanmar border, enhance surveillance: Home Minister Amit Shah


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