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Salman Khurshid to visit Myanmar, to meet Suu Kyi

Posted on Dec 13, 06:21PM | IBNS

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Salman Khurshid, would be paying a bilateral visit to Myanmar from Dec 14 to 16, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

"During the visit, EAM would meet his Myanmar counterpart and is scheduled to call on the President of Myanmar and other leaders of the country including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi," said the MEA in a release.

Khurshid would inaugurate the International Conference on Buddhist Cultural Heritage that is being jointly organized by the Government of India and the Government of Myanmar in Yangon on Dec 15.

He is also scheduled to unveil the fifteen foot replica of the Statue of Gautam Buddha in the precincts of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

It will be recalled that the Buddha statue had been gifted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Myanmar in May.

"India and Myanmar enjoy the closest ties of friendship and cooperation based upon the commonalities of history, culture, religion, ethnicity and spirituality. The exchange of high level visits over the past year, including the State visits of the Prime Minister to Myanmar in May 2012 and that of the President of Myanmar to India in October 2011, has further strengthened these multifaceted ties," said the MEA.

"A number of new initiatives related to enhancing connectivity through land, sea and air; promoting bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the areas of security, border cooperation, trade and commerce, banking, agriculture, health, science and technology, information technology, culture; infrastructure development; capacity building and human resource development; organization of training for Myanmar Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff in India; and promotion of people to people contacts, among others; are under implementation by the two sides."

"The visit of the External Affairs Minister would provide an opportunity to review the entire gamut of the bilateral relationship and build further upon the momentum in bilateral relations," said the MEA.