Red carpet welcome for Indian PM - President U Htin Kyaw holds talks with India’s Modi

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September 5, 2017

 

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi started his three-day official visit to Myanmar with a red carpet welcome by President U Htin Kyaw at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

 

Mr. Narendra Modi and party arrived Nay Pyi Taw yesterday evening for a visit from 5 to 7 September. Following the inspection of the Guard of Honour, the two leaders held talks at the Presidential Palace. At the meeting, the two sides discussed effective implementation of the current projects between the two countries, extending mutual support to each other at the regional and international fora and fighting terrorism.

 

Also present together with President U Htin Kyaw at the meeting were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Sein Win, U Kyaw Tint Swe,Thura U Aung Ko, U Thant SinMaung, Dr Than Myint and U Win Khaing, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Ambassador of Myanmar to India U Maung Wai while the Indian delegation was accompanied by Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri.

 

Following the meeting, President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin hosted a dinner in honour of the Indian delegation at the Presidential Palace.

 

Also present at the dinner were State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Vice President U Hnery Van Thio and wife Dr Shwe Hlwan, Union ministers, deputy ministers and officials.

 

In his speech at the dinner, President U Htin Kyaw said Myanmar and India share more than a common border as neighbours.

 

Not only have the two countries’ historical and cultural linkages bonded them together but also their common experience in struggling for independence made the two countries closer, he said.

“This has been evident through close interactions between our founding fathers: Mahatma Gandhi and General Aung San, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Prime Minister U Nu during our struggle for independence and thenceforth,” said U Htin Kyaw. He also expressed thanks to the Indian government for all the support and assistance extended to Myanmar for socio-economic development, infrastructure development and capacity building in Myanmar.

 

The president continued to say that India’s recent donation of H1N1 vaccines for the people of Myanmar and the renovation project of the Ananda Pagoda and an additional 92 pagodas in Bagan demonstrate the genuine goodwill of India.

 

On behalf of the Myanmar Government, President U Htin Kyaw appreciated India’s Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First Policy saying that these polices play an instrumental role in cementing not only our existing friendly relations, but also in expanding ASEAN-India dialogue relations.

 

“We also congratulate India for its endeavours to host the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on 25 January 2018.

 

Speaking at the dinner, Mr Modi recounted the close linkages for the past 70 years between the two countries and common experiences the two countries have had in struggling for inde pendence.

 

He pledged to strengthen the current friendly bilateral relations and to make further cooperation in the infrastructure, communications, health and capacity building sectors.

 

Mr Modi also expressed India’s willingness to assist in the socio-economic sector of Myanmar, appreciating the efforts of Myanmar for achieving peace in the country.

 

The Indian Prime Minister and party arrived in Nay Pyi Taw International Airport at 4:47 pm and were welcomed by Union Minister for Construction and Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin and Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Vikram Misri and wife.

 

The Indian Prime Minister arrived in Myanmar after attending the 9th BRICS Summit attended by the heads of state and heads of government from the five member states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS meeting was held in China from 3 to 5 September.

 

In 2014, the Prime Minister came to Myanmar to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. This is the Prime Minister’s first official state visit to Myanmar.