State Counsellor’s visit that will fulfill national requirement

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The State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which marks the 25th year of ASEAN-India relations. In her speech on that occasion, the State Counsellor said Myanmar-India relations and ASEAN-India relations were tied with closely related traditions since time immemorial, being a kind of relations between regions with cultural similarities. Geographically, India-Myanmar relations is something that cannot be ignored. For India, Myanmar is the eastern gateway that will link India with the ASEAN region; at the same time for ASEAN, Myanmar is the western gateway that will link the ASEAN region with India. In other words, Myanmar is the land bridge between India and ASEAN.
Based upon the said geostrategic situation, the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project are being implemented. The India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is the one that will create the link for Moreh-Mandalay-Yangon-Mae Sot-Bangkok. Now that the highway will be extended up to Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam broader benefits will be achieved very soon. For Myanmar to effectively participate in the Highway Project, India and Thailand helped Myanmar in upgrading highways in Myanmar. With such a kind of help for Myanmar, the State Counsellor has expressed her heart-felt thanks to India and Thailand.
The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Project is a bilateral cooperation project that will be beneficial to both India and Myanmar. Under the project, arrangements have already been made for convenience of waterway transportation by dredging sandbanks along the Kaladan River from Sittway to Paletwa after upgrading the Sittway Harbour, and thence to link by road from Paletwa to Mizoram State, India. Due to the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Project, the landlocked north-eastern part of India will have an exit to the Indian Ocean, whereas the less-developed Chin and Rakhine States in Myanmar will gain more chances to create job opportunities and to implement projects for regional development with great momentum.
To sum it up, India’s policy on relations with the East, and ASEAN’s policy on broader relations with countries in the West and Myanmar’s policy on the broader cooperation with regional countries are supportive of each other, in harmony. Accordingly, I would like to say that the State Counsellor’s attendance at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which marks the 25th year of ASEAN-India relations leads to the fulfillment of Myanmar’s national requirement.

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