Thursday, December 13, 2012
13-12-2012 ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ၾကီး အျပန္အလွန္ခရီးစဥ္အေၾကာင္း အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ၾကီးဌာန၏ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္
External Affairs Minister, Shri Salman Khurshid, would be paying a bilateral visit to Myanmar from December 14 to 16, 2012.
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. The External Affairs Minister 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 December 15, 2012. 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 the Prime Minister during his visit to Myanmar in May 2012.
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. 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 & 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.
December 13, 2012