7 Agreement/ MoUs including Agreement on Land Border Crossing signed
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received the External Affairs Minister of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw, in the morning of 11 May 2018 and held a bilateral meeting.
During the meeting, they cordially discussed matters pertaining to promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation; provision of assistance for the development of Rakhine State and support to the Myanmar Government’s endeavours on the repatriation process of displaced persons from Rakhine State; and closer cooperation and collaboration between the two countries in the regional and international fora. Present on the occasion were Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs U Myint Thu, Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri, departmental officials and members of the Indian delegation.
It was followed by the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation agreement/ Memorandums of Understanding which was witnessed by the State Counsellor and the External Affairs Minister of India.
On the occasion, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe and Indian External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj signed the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the Republic of India on Land Border Crossing; and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture U Htun Ohn and Ambassador of India Shri Vikram Misri signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Myanmar and India for the Conservation of Earthquake Damaged Pagodas in Bagan.
According to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the Republic of India on Land Border Crossing, nationals of Myanmar and India and any third country with valid passports with visas/e-visas will be allowed to enter/exit through the authoritized entry/exit points at the land border in Tamu (Myanmar)- Moreh (India) and Rihkhawdar (Myanmar)- Zowkhawthar (India) as per the permitted stay of respective visas whereas the local people living in the border areas of the two countries will be able to enter/exit to the other country upon the application of Border Pass which has a validity of one year. According to the Memorandum of Understanding between Myanmar and India for the Conservation of Earthquake Damaged Pagodas in Bagan, the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will jointly implement the maintenance plan for the earthquake-damaged pagodas in Bagan.
Moreover, the officials concerned of both sides exchanged 5 MoUs namely, Supply of Ten Vehicles to the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC), setting up of Indo-Myanmar Industrial Training Centre at Thaton, setting up of Indo-Myanmar Industrial Training Centre at Monywa, Capacity building of Myanmar Foreign Service Officials and Exchange of Letter for the Implementation of the five years Comprehensive Maintenance Plan to IMITC (Myingyan).—MNA