New Delhi, May 26: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, would be meeting Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chairperson of the National League for Democracy, during his visit to Myanmar beginning tomorrow
Announcing the itinerary of the Prime Minister’s upcoming high-level visit to Myanmar, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said: “Apart from the official engagements in Nay Pyi Taw, the Prime Minister will also visit Yangon where he is expected to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chairperson of the National League for Democracy and other prominent personalities.”
Dr. Singh, who is visiting Myanmar from May 27 to 29, would be meeting President U Thein Sein to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the spheres of security, investment, culture and infrastructure, among others.
“The visit thus provides the opportunity to enrich the substance of our relations, both qualitatively and in scope and lays down a long-term vision and roadmap for a mutually reinforcing bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including security, connectivity, infrastructure development, trade and investment promotion, capacity building and human resource development, culture and people-to-people contacts and academic exchanges,” said Mathai.
“We hope to sign a number of agreements and MoUs to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation,” he added.
Mathai also revealed that a delegation comprising External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna and Indian business leaders and officials would be accompanying the Prime Minister during this visit.
“At the invitation of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, accompanied by (his wife) Gursharan Kaur, will pay a state visit to Myanmar from 27th to the 29th of May. He will also be accompanied by Mr. S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs and senior officials,” said Mathai.
“A delegation of Indian CEOs will also visit Myanmar at the same time,” said at a news conference in New Delhi,” he added.
The visit to Myanmar by Dr. Singh will be the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 25 years. Myanmar’s President U. Thein Sein had paid a state visit to India in October 2011. (ANI)