Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi meets PM Modi, strengthen Bilateral Ties

Narada Desk | October 19, 2016 3:39 pm Print
India is looking to make better diplomatic relationship with Myanmar after Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy came to power in March this year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi held a meeting on Wednesday in Delhi, signing few agreements to strengthen the countries bilateral co-operation.

Talking to media after the meeting, PM Modi said India will stand by Myanmar as Suu Kyi led that nation to prosperity.

“I welcome her excellency to her second home. It is an honour for us to receive you in India,” he added.

India is looking to make better diplomatic relationship with Myanmar after Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy came to power in March this year. Both the countries reportedly have agreed on security coordination in border areas and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests.

PM said after the meeting: “India has a robust development cooperation programme with Myanmar. We have agreed to enhance our engagement in several areas including agriculture, power, renewable energy and power sector.”

Modi also promised that India will develop a Varietal Development and Seed production Centre in Myanmar to enhance the quality of seeds.


“Our societies enjoy centuries old cultural connect. We offered assistance in restoring pagodas that were damaged in recent earthquake,” he added.

Aung Suu Kyi, in her address, said:  “We have always admired India for being the greatest democracy in the world. We are confident that our countries can overcome challenges.”

“It is our ambition to bring peace and stability in our country and beyond because we have suffered from instability for a long time,” she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi is on a three-day visit to India and earlier met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. She had also attended Brics-Bimstec Outreach Summit in Goa last week.

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