PM Modi leaves for Myanmar for first bilateral visit


Xiamen: With an aim of charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries in areas like security and counter-terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for Naypyidaw for his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

“I thank the Chinese government and people for their warm hospitality during the BRICS Summit. Leaving for Myanmar for a bilateral visit,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

The prime minister left for Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar, from the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, where he attended the annual BRICS summit and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.

PM Modi is scheduled to call on Myanmar President Htin Kyaw who is also hosting a banquet for him later today. PM Modi will also hold wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow.

India and Myanmar will look at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture, he added.

PM Modi had visited Myanmar in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. The Myanmarese president and Ms Suu Kyi had visited India last year.

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