PM Modi has arrived in Myanmar on the second leg of his two-nation trip after he travelled to the southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS Summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday arrived in Bagan, the city in central Myanmar where he visited the famous Ananda Temple. On the sidelines of PM Modi’s first bilateral visit to the country, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today said that large parts of bilateral discussions between the two countries were focused on development assistance and also claimed that India is among largest development assistance providers to Myanmar. Addressing a press conference Jaishankar further said, “Along with physical connectivity, we have negotiated a land border crossing agreement; will be formalized in coming days.”
“We had earlier agreed on Imphal – Mandalay bus service, the modalities of these have finally been worked out,” Jaishankar said further adding that the Prime Minister has agreed that India would open two more Industrial Training Centers in the near future in Myanmar. “We’ve now committed to building a hospital in Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), that is a new commitment that has come out of this visit,” he said.
“We discussed committing Indian assistance to Rakhine state development program, modalities in that regard have to be worked out,” Jaishankar added further.
PM Modi has arrived in Myanmar on the second leg of his two-nation trip after he travelled to the southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS Summit. “I believe the democratic experience of India is relevant for Myanmar and that is why we are proud of our massive support in the capacity building of the executive, legislature, election commission and press council and other institutions in Myanmar,” PM Modi had said yesterday during a joint press conference.
On Tuesday, PM Modi called on Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw, describing it as a ‘wonderful meeting’. According to PTI, both the leaders had discussed steps to deepen the ‘historical relationship’ between the two neighbours. Prior to this, PM Modi had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India last year.