"Myanmar is, of course, a close neighbor. It is also by virtue of being an ASEAN country the only one to which we are linked by land and sea. Therefore, it serves us as a link to South East Asia and for these reasons it is a country to which India attaches importance from the strategic, economic and cultural perspective, given our cultural linkages and diaspora present in Myanmar." Said Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale last week, while addressing Press conference. He was talking about the significance of Presidents visit to Myanmar.