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PM Modi gets ceremonial welcome at Presidential Palace in Myanmar

News Agencies | Updated on: 5 September 2017, 18:41 IST
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw, as he arrived on a two-day visit to Myanmar earlier in the day.

He later inspected guard of honour here.

The Prime Minister will pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's Yangon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture are the key issues to be discussed, during his two-day Myanmar visit.

He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this will be his first bilateral visit.

In a Facebook post, the Prime Minister said, "I am looking forward to meeting President U Htin Kyaw as also Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of President's Office. I have had the opportunity for discussions with both dignitaries during their visits to India in 2016."

"We will also look at strengthening our existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture," the post added.

The Prime Minister further said that during the visit, he will review developments of the India-Myanmar bilateral relations and explore new areas, in which both the nations can work together.

He also said that he will review the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi further informed that he will also pay a visit to the famed heritage city of Bagan, where the "Archaeological Survey of India has done stellar work on renovating the Ananda Temple".

Prime Minister Modi also expressed eagerness in meeting and interacting with the Indian-origin community of Myanmar, whose history goes back more than a century.

Before heading for Myanmar, Prime Minister Modi visited China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.

-ANI

First published: 5 September 2017, 18:41 IST
 
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