Having concluded his two-day visit to China for the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived at Nay Pyi Taw for his maiden bilateral visit to Myanmar with an aim of charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries in areas like security and counter- terrorism.
"Landed in Naypyitaw, marking the start of my Myanmar visit. I will join a wide range of programmes during my visit to Myanmar," Modi tweeted soon after his arrival here.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi's maiden bilateral visit to Myanmar:
09:19 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw a reproduction of a 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween. He also a sculpture of Bodhi tree.
Presented Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw a reproduction of a 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween. pic.twitter.com/I84UUei3jk— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Myanmar President Htin Kyaw in Nay Pyi Taw. pic.twitter.com/CW0dVgF4NI— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2017
Why PM Modi's maiden bilateral visit holds importance
The Prime Minister will also hold wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow. He hoped his visit will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries.
Modi said both countries will review developments in bilateral ties with a focus on "extensive" programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance India is undertaking in Myanmar.
PM Modi said he was looking forward to paying a visit to thefamed heritage city of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has done a "stellar work" in renovating the Ananda Temple.
Modi had visited Myanmar in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India last year.
India seeks to boost economic ties with resource-rich Myanmar, with which it shares a 1,600-km (1,000-mile) border, to counter Chinese influence and step up connectivity with a country it considers its gateway to Southeast Asia.