PM to visit Myanmar next month

Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 23:48

New Delhi: Amid Myanmar`s strides towards
full democracy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to
undertake a visit to that country next month that is aimed at
bolstering the bilateral ties.

Singh is expected to go on a two-day visit dates for
which are being finalised through diplomatic channels, sources
said here on Monday.

The visit will take place at a time when Myanmar is
moving towards democracy, with pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu
Kyi winning byelections yesterday and set to enter Parliament.

Over the last few years, India has been developing its
relations with Myanmar with which it shares a long border.

India strongly resisted the US and Western countries
which were pushing it to implement the sanctions and speak up
on human rights violations in Myanmar two years back.

New Delhi always maintained that Myanmar`s military
rulers should be persuaded to move towards democracy through
dialogue rather than coercion which prove counterproductive.

India is actively involved in over a dozen projects in
Myanmar, both in infrastructural and non-infrastructural
areas.

These include upgradation and resurfacing of the
160km long Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road, construction and
upgradation of the Rhi-Tiddim Road in Myanmar and the Kaladan
Multimodal Transport Project.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 23:48

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