Union Minister U Kyaw Tin attends Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi, signs Framework Agreement on International Solar Alliance

Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin presents the framework agreement to Minister of External Affairs of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin presents the framework agreement to Minister of External Affairs of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India. Photo: MNA

The Myanmar Delegation led by U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation, arrived back in Yangon yesterday evening after attending the 10th edition of Delhi Dialogue, held in New Delhi, India on 19-20 July 2018.
The Delhi Dialogue is an annual forum where political leaders, policy makers, researchers, academicians and leading figures from various business circles from ASEAN member states and India gather and exchange views on politico-security, economic and socio-cultural issues for enhancement of ASEAN-India relations.
This year’s Dialogue was convened under the theme of “Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation” and officiated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India. Along with Union Minister U Kyaw Tin, Mr. Abdul Mutalib Yusof, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and representatives from ASEAN countries delivered their statements in the Ministerial session of the Dialogue.
In her keynote address, Minister of External Affairs of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that this year’s Delhi Dialogue was unique, as it was the first ASEAN- India meeting following the Commemorative Summit of the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Partnership, which was held in New Delhi in January 2018. As ASEAN and India are maritime partners and neighbours, both sides must work together for security and sustainability of oceans, seas and waterways. She also mentioned that India has been working together with ASEAN Member States towards evolving a regional security architecture which is focused on ASEAN’s centrality.
In his statement, the Union Minister U Kyaw Tin expressed that being a country with a long coastal line, Myanmar places great importance to the security of sea lanes and maritime-dependent activities such as maritime trade, transport, offshore oil and gas production, fishery, maritime tourism for the economic development of our region. He highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation through information sharing, exchange of experience in preservation of ecosystem and addressing maritime security matters such as combating illegal fishing, piracy, arms and drugs trafficking. Furthermore, the Union Minister stressed that thanks to its geographical location, Myanmar can serve as a land bridge between India and South Asia Region. India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project will serve as India’s major gateway to Southeast Asia countries and it will eventually extended to Cambodia, Laos PDR and Vietnam. The Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project which will connect Northeastern Region of India to Sittwe Port in Myanmar, will provide an attractive access from the landlocked region of India to the Bay of Bengal and ASEAN Member States after the completion of the Project. Myanmar’s infrastructure project such as Thilawa economic zone and Dawei Deep Sea Ports project, was completed will also make a game changer in maritime transport and connectivity corridors in the region. He also mentioned that Myanmar will continue its close cooperation with India under the framework of ASEAN-India strategic partnership and looks forward to commencing its cooperation under India Ocean Rim Association(IORA) framework soon.
During the visit, the Union Minister met separately with Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India and held discussion on strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation and briefed the recent developments in Rakhine State.
The Union Minister signed the Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance in New Delhi and deposited the instrument with Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India.
Myanmar has thus become the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement paving the way for the country to receiving solar energy-related external assistance. — Myanmar News Agency

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