On behalf of India, President Ram Nath Kovind acknowledged the difficult times being faced by Myanmar and has offered its full support in the peace process being undertaken by the country. An ongoing conflict has been happening since 2011 between the military and the armed ethnic forces. The most recent effort of the peace process was directly aimed at ending this conflict and create a democratic and federal state.
Indian President had arrived in Myanmar on Monday for a 5-day visit and received an honour guard from the Military at the Presidential Palace.
“Myanmar is a key partner for India’s ‘Act East’ and ‘Neighbourhood first’ policies”, said President Kovind in a tweet from the President’s office.
Both Presidents had signed a Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation between India and Myanmar in the areas of science, technology and judicial training. India has also handed over 50 housing units to Myanmar on Tuesday. Simultaneously, efforts are also being put in to make 250 homes in the Rakhine Province of Myanmar which is a part of the development project. According to sources, more than 700,000 people had fled the Province due to a military crackdown which happened last year in August.
The Landmark Land Border Crossing Agreement was signed earlier in May of this year between the two countries with it being effective since August. President Kovind stated that the occupants of the northeastern region of India have been enjoying its benefits with the opening of entry and exit checkpoints between the two country borders.
Myanmar has also announced an on-arrival visa facility for Indian citizens entering the country through Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Madalay airports since President Kovind’s visit to the country.
President Kovind will be visiting the Shri Kali temple along with the first lady on Thursday, according to sources.