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New Delhi Correspondent
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Myanmar from December 10 to 14 during which several agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries, an official statement said on Tuesday.
Kovind will hold talks with his counterpart U Win Myint and state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry said. “Through this visit, the President will reaffirm India’s commitment to developing its important partnership with Myanmar. This is a country where India’s Act East and Neighbourhood First policies intersect. It is also the only ASEAN member state that is both a land and maritime neighbour of India,” the statement said.
Political, economic and defence ties between India and Myanmar have been on upswing with the visits of top leaders to the respective countries in the last three years. The armies and navies of the two countries also participate in bilateral military exercises.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Myanmar last year while Aung San Suu Kyi attended the India-ASEAN commemorative Summit held in Delhi in January this year.
“As the highest-level visit from India to Myanmar this year”, President Kovind’s visit “is expected to maintain the momentum generated by the Indian Prime Minister’s visit in September 2017 and the visit of Suu Kyi to New Delhi in January this year,” the External Affairs Ministry said. A joint statement will be issued during Kovind’s visit.