February 17, 2017
Myanmar has reopened No. 1 border gate with Bangladesh which has been closed since October last year, according to a statement issued by State Counsellor’s Office on Thursday.
In recent days, the security forces have shortened curfew hours and declared an end to the ‘clearance operations’ that have killed more than a thousand.
Reuters says the reopening of the gate took place following intense negotiations between the two neighbouring countries but details have not been provided. While Bangladesh initially pledged full support to hunt down terrorists in the border region when hostilities broke out in October, Myanmar had ignored offers of help and instead chosen to cold-shoulder their neighbours.
The closing of the border gate had meant much of the overland trade had come to a halt through that area, resulting in huge losses for entrepreneurs in Teknaf and Maungdaw.