Union External Affairs Minister, Ms. Sushma Swaraj was on an official visit to Myanmar on 10th and 11th May 2018. This visit was a part of the high-level engagement between the two countries
Highlights of Ms. Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar:
During this visit, Ms. Sushma Swaraj called on Win Myint – President of Myanmar, held a meeting with Myanmar State Councillor – Aung San Suu Kyi and also met Senior General Min Aung Hlaing – Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services.
- Discussions during the bilateral meetings focused on boundary and border related issues, developments in the Rakhine State, including return of displaced persons, peace & security matters, India’s development assistance to Myanmar, review of ongoing projects and other issues of mutual interest.
- Swaraj also expressed India’s readiness and commitment to helping the Government of Myanmar in addressing issues related to resettlement of Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine State.
India and Myanmar sign seven Agreements/MOUs:
During the course of Ms. Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar, both the countries signed following agreements/Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs).
i. Agreement on Land Border Crossing
ii. MoU on Restoration and Preservation of Earthquake Damaged Pagodas in Bagan
iii. MoU on assistance to the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee
iv. MoU on Training of Myanmar Foreign Service Officers
v. MoU on setting up Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Monywa
vi. MoU on setting up Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Thaton
vii. Exchange of Letters on extending a maintenance contract for Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Myingyan
Among the above stated agreements, the one on land border crossing is being considered as an important milestone in India-Myanmar bilateral relations as it will enable people from both the sides to cross the land border with passport and visa for accessing health, education services, pilgrimage and tourism.
Quick Facts about Myanmar:
♦ Capital – Naypyidaw
♦ Currency – Burmese kyat
♦ Current President – Win Myint
♦ Important River – Irrawaddy