India’s army chief, foreign secretary Myanmar visit to further boost ties

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India's army chief, foreign secretary Myanmar visit to further boost ties

The visit of Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane visit to Myanmar will further boost the ties between the two countries as they will talk on wide-ranging issues from security to connectivity.

During the visit, Shringla and Naravane will meet Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar and Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces and also a member of the National Defence and Security Council (NDSC) chaired by the President of Myanmar. They will also hold discussions with other senior army officials and the top political functionaries of Myanmar.

The visit will boost the bilateral ties between the two countries. The two countries have strengthened their relations in various fields, especially in the culture and defense domain.

India and Myanmar have been cooperating on various issues as evidenced by India’s active engagement with the latter. The two sides are already working to operationalize the Sittwe port by the first quarter of 2021 while tendering for a trilateral project also involving Thailand for the construction of 69 bridges is on the cards.

At present India’s assistance to Myanmar stands at $1.4 billion while a debt service relief under the G20 debt service suspension initiative to Myanmar will be provided by India from May to December to assist in overcoming the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Myanmar recently handed over 22 Indian insurgents which show its desire to combat the anti-Indian operations on its soil.

Later this month an Indian team will travel to Myanmar for the deployment of meteorological squadrons as part of the defense cooperation while India will receive Myanmar’s representative at its maritime Information Fusion Centre for the Indian Ocean.

The two sides have been engaging actively. Last week only Shringla had a virtual meet with his Myanmar counterpart — Permanent Secretary, U Soe Han.

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