Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be heading for Myanmar on September 5 for a three-day visit. There the two countries will focus on exploring new areas of cooperation.
Narendra Modi on Saturday said that security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture are the key issues to be discussed during his three-day Myanmar visit. He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this will be his first bilateral visit.
The Prime Minister further said that during his visit he will review developments in India-Myanmar bilateral relations and explore new areas in which both the nations can work together. Narendra Modi will also review the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar.
In a Facebook post, the Prime Minister said, that he is looking forward to meeting President U Htin Kyawas also her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of President’s Office. He has had the opportunity for discussions with both dignitaries during their visits to India in 2016.
Prime Minister Modi further informed that he will also pay a visit to the famed heritage city of Bagan, where the “Archaeological Survey of India has done stellar work on renovating the Ananda Temple”.
Narendra Modi is also looking forward to visit Yangon, where he will visit various historical spots that symbolize the shared heritage of India and Myanmar. Modi also expressed eagerness in meeting and interacting with the Indian-origin community of Myanmar, whose history goes back more than a century.
Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma and as Myanmar (Burma), is a sovereign state in the region of Southeast Asia.
Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east, and China to its north and northeast.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the exodus of the Rohingya ethnic minority with Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
The two-day visit comes as renewed violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state forces thousands of Rohingya Muslims to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, with many drowning as they attempt to cross the border river in makeshift boats.
The stateless ethnic minority are reviled and accused of being illegal immigrants in Myanmar, with thousands fleeing to Bangladesh and on to other countries including India, which this month announced plans to deport some 40,000 Rohingya from the country.
‘We will be discussing how India can help them in addressing the situation that is prevailing in the state,’ Sripriya Ranganathan, a senior official in India’s foreign ministry said, according to the sources.
Rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on New Delhi to reconsider its plan to deport the Rohingya, saying it should abide by its international obligations.
However Sripriya Ranganathan said that, as far as illegal immigrants are concerned there is a long standing and established procedure on the basis of Indian law which we will continue to follow, there is absolutely no change. Despite being home to thousands of refugees, India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.
The first consignment of high speed diesel from India will reach Myanmar on September 3, Parami Energy Group CEO Ken Tun has said.
According to sources, that his group is importing the diesel under a joint venture agreement with India’s Numaligarh Refineries or NRL. Two trucks, each loaded with 4,000 gallons of high speed diesel or HSD, will reach Moreh on September 3, he said on the sidelines of a seminar on ‘Myanmar in BIMSTEC’. Moreh is a town located on the India-Myanmar border in the Indian state of Manipur.
They will be formally received by Parami Energy officials in Tamu (in Myanmar, on the border crossing with Moreh) and the event will be viewed on screen by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other ministers and officials of her government as per sources.
Historically, India has been a major player in Myanmar’s socio-economic landscape till the 1960s. The advent of military dictatorship and its autarkic economic policies reduced India’s interactions with Myanmar. As the political transition in Myanmar picks up momentum, it provides an excellent opportunity for Prime Minister Modi to explore new avenues of cooperation.
He further expressed confidence that the visit will open a bright new chapter in India-Myanmar relations and will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between both the countries.