Aung San Suu Kyi to visit India for four-day tour from Sunday

Suu Kyi's state visit will take place immediately after the conclusion of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit to be held in Goa on October 16.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 3:28 pm
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In her first visit after becoming State Counsellor, Myanmarese leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will arrive in India on October 16 on a four-day trip during which she will attend BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra on key bilateral and regional issues.

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Announcing her visit on Tuesday, External Affairs Ministry said Suu Kyi, who will be here at the invitation of Modi, will pay a State Visit to India from October 17-19, 2016.

The State visit will take place immediately after the conclusion of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit to be held in Goa on October 16, to which the State Counsellor will lead the Myanmar delegation, it said.

Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy brought down curtains on five decades of military rule and assumed power in March this year, is the country’s foreign minister.

“The visit of the State Counsellor will provide an opportunity for the two sides to discuss issues of mutual interest and seek ways to further strengthen the close and friendly ties that exist between the two countries,” MEA asserted.

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Suu Kyi will be accompanied by several key Ministers and senior officials.

According to sources, during the bilateral meeting, border management and ways to contain militant activities along the Indo-Myanmar border will be among the issues that are likely to figure. Both sides are also likely to discuss ways to boost trade ties.

Earlier in August, Myanmarese President U Htin Kyaw had visited India and held extensive talks with Prime Minister Modi. Myanmar has assured India that it would not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against India.

During her visit, the State Counsellor will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and also meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

She will also attend a business event during which she will interact with leading Indian business leaders on ways to bolster bilateral economic and commercial relations.

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