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India hands over 50 housing units in Rakhine province to Myanmar

ANI  |  Nay Pyi Taw [Myanmar] 

has handed over 50 housing units in the Rakhine province to on Tuesday during Ram Nath Kovind's maiden visit to the country.

The housing units are part of a bigger developmental project, within which is building 250 houses in Myanmar's Rakhine province.

Coinciding with Kovind's visit, has also announced a visa-on-arrival facility for Indian tourists entering the country through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, and Mandalay, according to an official press release.

Kovind reached on December 10, following which he met with Daw Suu Kyi at the where he was given a ceremonial welcome by Myanmar's President Myint on Tuesday.

Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have also been signed between Myanmar and during President Kovind's visit - one in the area of judicial training and another on science and

President Kovind lauded connectivity initiatives between the two countries during his meeting with Suu Kyi and pushed for an early conclusion of the Motor Vehicles Agreement. He also mentioned that the residents of India's Northeast region have welcomed and are beginning to reap the benefits of the Land-border Crossing Agreement concluded recently.

The President of India further described Myanmar as a "natural bridge" from India to and ASEAN, underscoring that Myanmar is a key partner for India's "Act East" and "Neighbourhood First" policies.

He is now scheduled to take part in an official dinner hosted in his honour by the President of Myanmar, Myint.

On December 12, President Kovind and will emplane for after paying a visit to India-funded projects in Myanmar.

In Yangon, they will lay a wreath at the Martyr's Mausoleum, which is the resting place of Aung San, Daw Suu Kyi's late father, according to a statement issued by the (MEA). The President and will also pay a visit to the famous in the city.

Later that evening, there will be a short meeting and a photo opportunity with veterans of the which will be followed by a community reception in which about 500 people, mostly persons of Indian origin, are invited.

On December 13, the President and the will visit the and the Mazaar of last Mughal

President Kovind will then inaugurate 'Enterprise India' exhibition. This is an exhibition being set up by the (CII) of about 45-50 Indian companies ranging from very large Indian companies to small enterprises to showcase Indian and

On the morning of December 14, President Kovind and First Lady will depart for after completing their engagements in Myanmar.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 18:25 IST