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25 May 2012, Live Mint

Singh’s visit aimed at closer ties with Myanmar

Gateway House's Ambassador Neelam Deo was quoted in an article by Live Mint on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's first visit to a democratized Myanmar . Deo stated that this visit will consolidate the heightened engagement that India has carefully constructed with Myanmar since the late 1990s."

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New Delhi: India will aim to deepen its political, cultural and economic linkages with key neighbour Myanmar during a rare visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the once reclusive state—the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 25 years. The last visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Myanmar was by Rajiv Gandhi in December 1987. It follows a visit to India by Myanmar’s first nominally civilian President Thein Sein in October—his first visit abroad after taking over the top job in March last year.

On Singh’s agenda are talks to consolidate ties in energy, security, connectivity, engagement between the business communities and think tanks of the two countries, foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters in Delhi on Friday. Besides Singh’s official delegation that includes foreign minister S.M. Krishna, are a group of Indian business leaders representing the energy, information technology (IT), telecom, steel and agriculture sectors, including Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Atul Punj of Punj Lloyd Ltd.


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