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Kovind to dedicate houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar

IANS  |  New Delhi 

will dedicate the first 50 housing units built for displaced during the course of his three-day state visit to from December 11, a said on Thursday.

Briefing the media here, said that signed a development programme for Rakhine State in late last year which was designed to assist the government in Rakhine State to build for return of displaced persons.

"Two hundred and fifty units were planned for the first phase and by virtual means, of will be dedicating the first 50 units to the Myanmar side," Gokhale said.

"It is something that has been appreciated not just by the government of Myanmar but also by the UN and other agencies."

Over 730,000 Rohingyas, who are not recognised as citizens by Myanmar, have sought refuge in since August 2017, following a military campaign against the minority community in western Rakhine state.

Giving details of the President's programme, Gokhale said that after reaching Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw late on December 10 evening, Kovind will be accorded a ceremonial welcome on December 11 which will be followed by delegation-level talks with Myanmar U Win Myint, a meeting with and signing of agreements.

On December 12, Kovind will visit the for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) and the Rice Biopark.

"These are both government of projects funded by grants," Gokhale said.

At the ACARE, Kovind will also launch a mobile app for

After completing these engagements, Kovind will leave for where he will lay a wreath at the which is also the resting place of Gen who was Suu Kyi's father.

The President will also visit the in and attend a community reception to be hosted by the Indian to Myanmar.

On December 13, Kovind will visit the in and the mausoleum of the last Mughal ruler

He will also inaugurate the "Enterprise India" exhibition being organised by Indian industry body CII to showcase Indian and

Later in the day, the President will visit the

Kovind will return to India on December 14.

said that this will be Kovind's last state visit this year and also the first state visit to a country with which India shares a land border.

The President will be accompanied by a three-member delegation comprising for Railways Rajen Gohain, from Assam Ram Prasad Sarma, and from Manipur K. Bhabananda Singh.

"All three members of this delegation are parliamentarians from the states of Northeast," Malik said.

"This is a recognition of the fact that the development of the Northeast is inter-linked with the development of Myanmar and our relationship with Myanmar," he said.

"It is a tribute to the government's Act East Policy and and the centrality of the Northeast in that."

India has been increasing its engagements with Southeast under New Delhi's Act East Policy.

India is also a key development aid partner of Myanmar and is working on some major infrastructure projects in that country, including the India-Myanmar-trilateral highway and the Kaladan multimodal transport project connecting with

"In the past three years, political, economic and defence ties with Myanmar have grown rapidly," a statement issued by the earlier regrading Kovind's visit said.

It stated that Kovind's visit was expected to maintain the momentum generated by Narendra Modi's visit to Myanmar in September 2017 and the visit of to in January 2018 for the India-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Commemorative Summit.

Myanmar is the only Asean member state with which India is linked via land and sea.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:28 IST