October 14th, 2011
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Indian PM holds talks with Thein Sein

manmohan singh and Thein SeinNew Delhi: President of Myanmar Thein Sein who reached Delhi today held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to strengthening ties between the two South Asian neighbours, said Indian officials. Their talks were focused on intensification of economic and security cooperation between the two countries.

The two countries are also expected to sign trade and investment agreements during the guest’s four day visit. The leaders discussed a swathe of infrastructure projects that will enhance connectivity between Southeast Asian nation and India’s north-eastern states.

They agreed upon the need to speed up the construction of India-aided $120 million Sittwe deep water port with a view to making it operational by June 2013. The port, when completed, will act as a trade gateway for India’s north-eastern states to Southeast Asia by allowing cargo vessels from India’s landlocked state Mizoram to navigate the Kaladan River and connects them to Myanmar and the East Asia region.

Myanmar’s president was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan before he sat down for talks with Manmohan Singh. India values its relationship with Myanmar because of concerns over insurgencies and drug trafficking along their shared border. India is also competing with China for access to Myanmar’s natural gas resources.

 

 



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