Manmohan to visit Myanmar in May

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Myanmar in May,sources said. Singh will hold discussions with Myanmar’s leadership as well as attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 3:02:59 am

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Myanmar in May,sources said on Sunday. Singh will hold discussions with Myanmar’s leadership as well as attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit meeting.

Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin landed in New Delhi on Sunday and will meet his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the Prime Minister’s visit,scheduled between May 10 and 12.

Lwin and Krishna will also review the progress in bilateral cooperation since the visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein to India in October last year.

Engaging with Myanmar has become one of key cornerstones of the government’s policy since the country began a peaceful transition from decades of military rule to parliamentary democracy.

India and Myanmar have pledged to work to ensure peace along the border,and friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

This was reiterated at a meeting between Deputy Home Minister Brigadier-General Kyaw Zan Myint and Home Secretary R K in Nay Phi Taw on Thursday.

The meeting discussed a memorandum of understanding on border affairs and matters of common interest. Both countries felt that efforts to maintain stability has improved the socio-economic condition of people living in the border regions.

During President Sein’s visit,the two countries had reaffirmed their “unequivocal and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,agreeing on enhancing effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries in tackling the deadly menace of insurgency and terrorism”.

The two countries had underscored the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms for sharing intelligence to combat insurgency,arms smuggling and drug trafficking,and agreed to strengthen border management mechanisms.

They reiterated that neither side would allow its territory to be used for activities inimical to the other.

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