India, Burma express satisfaction over bilateral ties progress
Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), May 28 (ANI): Comprehensively reviewing the multifaceted bilateral relationship between India and Myanmar on Monday, visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Myanmar President U Thein Sein expressed satisfaction at the ongoing official exchanges and the growing bilateral economic, trade and cultural ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges.
In a joint statement released on Day Two of Dr. Singh's visit to Myanmar, the two leaders agreed on a vision for the future in the pursuit of the common good - bilaterally, regionally and globally.
They also agreed to cooperate in areas such as border area development, transportation, connectivity, agriculture, trade and investment, promotion of friendly exchanges and human resource development.
They recognized that peace and stability in the region is necessary for the development and well being of the people of their respective countries.
Both leaders emphasized the importance of maintaining close cooperation between India and Myanmar and the need to effectively harness their respective resources for the good of the peoples of the two countries.
According to the joint statement, the two leaders held a restricted meeting first, which was followed by delegation level talks on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The talks were held in a warm, cordial and constructive atmosphere reflecting the close and friendly relations between the two countries and their peoples.
Dr. Singh congratulated President Thein Sein on the path breaking reforms taken by the Government of Myanmar towards greater democratisation and national reconciliation.
He also commended the on-going efforts at political, economic and social reform, which included negotiation of preliminary peace agreements with several ethnic groups as well as dialogue with various democratic political parties, including the National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
He also expressed appreciation for the free, fair and peaceful conduct of the recent by-elections.
Dr. Singh reiterated India's readiness to extend all necessary assistance in accelerating the country's democratic transition and developing the capacity of democratic institutions such as the Parliament, National Human Rights Commission and the Media.
Recalling the very successful visit of a parliamentary delegation led by Thura U Shwe Mann, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw, to India in December 2011, the Prime Minister conveyed India's readiness to undertake training programmes for Myanmar parliamentarians and staff.
As a sign of their close cooperation, the two delegations inked 12 significant Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to take their bilateral relationship to another level.
The two leaders underscored that bilateral relations between India and Myanmar are rooted in shared history and geography, culture and civilization.
Both sides committed to further enhancing existing bilateral exchanges to a higher level.
The External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, National Security Adviser Shankar Menon, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chatterji, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, Ambassador of India to Myanmar Dr V.S. Seshadri and other senior officials, assisted the Prime Minister of India.
U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs and other Union Ministers and the Myanmar Ambassador to India U Zin Zaw and senior government officials, assisted the President of Myanmar. (ANI)
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