In the context of ‘Act East Policy’, a stronger relationship with Myanmar is a priority: PM Modi
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Sep-2017

Yangon, September 6: During his visit to Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met the state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. This is PM’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He hailed his meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw. As India and Myanmar being neighboring countries have similar security concerns, PM Modi said working together is important.

PM Modi hailed the Nobel peace winner Aung San Suu Kyi lauded the courageous leadership of her to the Myanmar peace. He shared his concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state. Recently a militant upsurge has taken away so many lives in the violence affe3cted state. In delegation level talks, he said, “"We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' initiative." In the context of act East Policy, a stronger relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India.

In a joint press statement, he said the rise in construction of roads, bridges, and highways, power links and connectivity are a step in the right direction and indicate a bright future for ties between India and Myanmar. It is necessary that India and Myanmar cooperate to ensure that the land and coastal borders share remain calm.

After talks with PM, Myanmar's state counsellor thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that the country faced recently. She said that together we can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on our soil or on the soil of neighboring countries.

A Multi-faced relationship:

Several MouS have been exchanged between India and Myanmar. The MoUs include one between Election Commission of India and Union Election of Myanmar. An agreement has been decided for carrying out Cultural Exchange Programme for 2017-2020. The two press councils of the countries will work under a cooperation. Two MoUs have been signed in the sector of health.