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Mandira Nayar
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India, Myanmar sign a slew of agreements to boost ties

PTI10_19_2016_000195A Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a joint press statement at Hyderabad House, New Delhi, on Wednesday | PTI

The visit of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was a 'powerful' one, literally. The lady returned back with a promise of boosted power supply from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myamar. India has also inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner in a pilot LED electrification project in the country.

"As close and friendly neighbours, the security interests of India and Myanmar are closely aligned,'' said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the joint media briefing. “We have agreed that a close coordination to ensure security in the areas along our border, and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests, will serve the interests of both our countries. Our societies enjoy a cultural connect that is centuries old.”

In keeping with this tradition of linking culturally—an aspect that has been emphasized under Modi, especially with the Buddhism circuit—the Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) will begin “restoring two old temples and inscriptions of king Mindon and king Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.” India has also offered help to Myanmar in restoring pagodas in Bagan that were destroyed in the earthquake.

''India will develop a varietal development and seed production centre in Yezin, Myanmar, to enhance the quality of seeds. We will also work towards developing a mutually beneficial arrangement for trade in pulses,'' the Prime Minister said.

The state counsellor also met President Pranab Mukherjee on her visit, who held a special lunch for her at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. She also met external affairs minister Sushma Sushma where she is believed to have outlined her priority areas. On her wish list is capacity building, job creation, infrastructure and health care.

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