Source: News Bharati English29 Aug 2016 15:05:28
New Delhi, August 29: India and Myanmar signed four agreements on Monday after the arrival of Myanmar President Hitin Kyaz at New Delhi. PM Modi honoured the Myanmar President on his arrival at New Delhi who is on a four-day official visit to India. Firstly, the Myanmar President was accorded a ceremonial welcome in the morning at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Later both the leaders had delegation-level talks where they witnessed singing of four agreements. The first agreement relates to facilitating construction and up gradation of 69 bridges of the Neighbour country. Second agreement is about construction of Kalewa-Yargi road section of Trilateral Highway project. An MoU on cooperation in renewable energy was also signed. An agreement regarding traditional systems of medicine was also finalized during the meeting.
While addressing the press at Hyderabad house, PM Modi called Myanmar a special neighbour for India. “Myanmar is special for us. It holds a unique position in India's neighbourhood. The longstanding cultural and historical linkages between our societies form a solid foundation of our ties.”
Assuring Indian support to the Myanmar which adopted democracy in March this year, PM said, “Your great nation has entered a new era, defined by maturity of your leadership and commitment of your people to democracy. Let me assure you that at every step of the way 1.25 billion people of India will stand by you, Both as partners and as friends”, Modi said.
Mentioning the bilateral agreement signed between both the countries as a positive step, PM said, “Our engagement is supporting projects in connectivity, infrastructure, capacity building education and healthcare. A bright future for Myanmar is not just your objective. It is also our aspiration.”
PM also conveyed India’s full support to the peace process initiative under the ‘21st Century Panglong conference. “We recognised that our security interests are closely aligned, so we agreed on the need to remain sensitive to each other’s security interests and concerns. President and I agreed to work together for the safety and security of our people”, said Prime Minsiter. “We will actively cooperate to combat the common challenges of terrorism and insurgent activity in our region”, he added.
This is the first presidential visit from Myanmar to India after Nobel laureate Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power in March this year. President Kyaw was in Bodh Gaya in Bihar on Saturday and later visited the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday.