India today reiterated its readiness and commitment to help Myanmar in addressing issues related to Rakhine State.
During her two-day visit to the country, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Myanmar’s commitment to implement the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Ministry of External Affairs said: “She welcomed (Government of Myanmar) GOM’s continued commitment to implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and noted that, under the aegis of the bilateral Rakhine State Development Programme, India was already in the implementation stages of various projects that would respond to the needs of different sections of the Rakhine State population. The first major project is the construction of prefabricated housing in Rakhine State to meet the needs of displaced persons.”
The Minister also underlined the need for the safe, speedy and sustainable return of displaced persons to Rakhine State
During the visit, the External Affairs Minister called on President of Myanmar U Win Myint and met, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
During the bilateral meetings, boundary and border-related issues, peace and security matters, India’s development assistance to Myanmar, ongoing projects, and other issues of mutual interest were discussed.
Seven Agreements/MOUs were signed during the visit of EAM. These included: (i) Agreement on Land Border Crossing, (ii) MoU on Restoration and Preservation of Earthquake Damaged Pagodas in Bagan, (iii) MoU on assistance to the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee, (iv) MoU on Training of Myanmar Foreign Service Officers, (v) MoU on Setting up Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Monywa, (vi) MoU on ITC at Thaton and (vii) Exchange of Letters on extending a maintenance contract for ITC Myingyan.
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