Myanmar has the strongest cultural and historical linkages with India. The struggle to free ourselves from colonial rule established solid ties between us. Myanmar’s geographical location makes it an important gateway to the East for India.
Connectivity is important to promote trade and people-to-people links and Myanmar has placed the highest emphasis on infrastructure projects related to connectivity.
With Myanmar facing challenges today, India’s President Shri Ram Nath Kovind has pledged that India will lend full support to Myanmar’s peace making and national reconciliation efforts and projects for better connectivity.
We highly appreciate that India attaches priority to Myanmar in its foreign relations based on the ‘Act East Policy’and the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.
Myanmar’s strategic proximity to India and its geographical location – as a land bridge between India and ASEAN – complements India’s ‘Act East Policy’.
Myanmar and India are committed to working together and to support each other at regional and international fora in the interests of our people.
The commitments made by both countries on Tuesday at the meeting of the two presidents proved the adage ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’. The countries have seen the growth of bilateral relations in various sectors with great momentum.
Similar struggles for independence, and historical and cultural affinity, have brought the two countries closer. The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence are one of the cornerstones of our foreign policy.
As both countries share a common aspiration for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and beyond, Myanmar will continue to work with India to fulfill this aspiration.
Sowing seeds of cooperation in various sectors will bear fruits of mutual prosperity, development and better connectivity, thereby further consolidating the friendly relations between the two countries.
It is pertinent to mention that, at present, the Myanmar-India bilateral relationship is at its apex, due to the consistent efforts of the successive leaders and founding fathers of both countries throughout our history.
We are grateful to India for its support for Myanmar in these challenging times.
We are confident that the two countries will see a further consolidation of the traditional ties of friendship and bilateral relations.