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President Kovind to visit Myanmar from Dec 10-14

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

will embark on a five-day visit to from December 10 to December 14, in an aim to boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

During the visit, the will visit and Yangon, and would interact with his counterpart U Win Myint and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a statement from the (MEA) read.

Several agreements are expected to be signed and a joint statement would be adopted during the visit.

"Through this visit, the will reaffirm India's commitment to developing its important partnership with This is a country where India's 'Act East' and 'Neighbourhood First' policies intersect. It is also the only member state that is both a land and maritime neighbour of In the past three years, political, economic and defence ties with have grown rapidly," read the ministry's statement.

"Therefore, as the highest-level visit from to Myanmar this year, our President's visit is expected to maintain the momentum generated by the Prime Minister's visit in September 2017, and the visit of Daw to in January this year for the India-Commemorative Summit, when she met our leadership," it added.

India-Myanmar relations are rooted in shared historical, ethnic, cultural and religious ties. The geographical proximity has also helped develop and sustain cordial relations and facilitated people-to-people contact. and Myanmar share a long land border of over 1600 kilometers and a maritime boundary in the

The visit of then in 1987 laid the foundations for a stronger relationship between India and Myanmar. A number of agreements for enhancing bilateral cooperation have been signed between the two countries.

Institutional mechanisms for facilitating regular dialogue on a range of issues of bilateral interest have also been established. A large population of Indian origin lives in Myanmar.

India has been responsive to the needs of friendly people of Myanmar and has been providing relief materials and assistance. India provided assistance of USD 1 million for humanitarian relief and rehabilitation in the areas affected by the severe earthquake in Shan state in March 2011.

India also provided assistance of USD 1.2 million to the communal riot-affected people of Rakhine state.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:15 IST