New Delhi (VNA) – India and Myanmar have discussed issues relating to bilateral cooperation as well as topics of common interest, including the developments in Rakhine State, at recent high-level meetings.

According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Foreign Secretary Shri Vijay paid an official visit to Myanmar on October 22 during which he met with State Counsellor of the host country Aung San Suu Kyi. The two sides discussed all matters relating to the bilateral ties as well as those pertaining to international and regional matters of common interest, including the developments in the strife-torn state.

He also called on Myanmar Minister of Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung to discuss matters relating to connectivity and transport infrastructure being developed by India in Myanmar, the ministry said in a statement.

Following the meeting, Vijay and U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities that are part of the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project. 

“This is a significant step in the implementation of India’s Act East Policy as its signing will enhance Myanmar’s connectivity including with India and add to the development of the whole region, particularly in Rakhine and Chin States of Myanmar,” the ministry said. “It would also add to local infrastructure capacity and help in creating more job opportunities for the local people.”

Earlier, the Indian Foreign Secretary had a meeting with the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The two sides talked about issues relating to border security, bilateral cooperation, Myanmar’s peace process as well as the situation in Northern Rakhine State.

According to the ministry, Vijay has conveyed a message in all his engagements that “India valued its relationship with a close neighbour like Myanmar and would continue to deepen its cooperation with it in the areas of connectivity, security, people to people relation and economic and commercial cooperation.” –VNA