Agencies Prior to his departure for BRICS summit and bilateral visit to Myanmar, PM Modi highlighted the immense importance of both these visits. He has stressed that India continues to attach very high importance to the role of BRICS and on his eagerness to engage with world leaders. He has also expressed his eagerness to interact with the people of Indian origin in Myanmar as he makes a first bilateral visit to India’s eastern Neighbour.
In a Facebook post, PM Modi indicated high hopes as he mentioned that he is eager to engage with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue which is to be hosted by President Xi Jinping.
PM is also very keen to utilize the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the Summit. After India Hosted the 8th BRICS summit in Goa, PM wants to carry forward the efforts from there. He is also ready to have productive discussions and is sure of positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China.
Further elaborating on his Myanmar visit from Sep 5-7, PM has written that he is looking forward to his first bilateral visit to the country. Expressing his eagerness to have dialogues with state leaders including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, PM wrote that both the countries will review developments in bilateral relations, especially the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar, and explore new areas of cooperation.
India will be strengthening cooperation on a gamut of issue including security and counter-terrorism. PM will end his visit in Yangon, where he will be visiting various historical spots that symbolise the shared heritage of India and Myanmar. But the most awaited event will be his interaction with the Indian origin community in the city. PM has expressed high hopes that the visit will open a bright new chapter in India-Myanmar relations and will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation.
– I have visited this beautiful country earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this will be my first bilateral visit to Myanmar.
– I am looking forward to meeting President U Htin Kyaw is also Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of President’s Office.
-During the visit, we will review developments in our bilateral relations, especially the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar, and explore new areas in which we can work together
– We will also look at strengthening our existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture.
– I will end my visit in Yangon, where I look forward to visiting various historical spots that symbolise the shared heritage of India and Myanmar.
– I am also keen to meet and interact with the Indian-origin community of Myanmar
– I am confident that the visit will open a bright new chapter in India-Myanmar relations and will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between our Governments, our business communities and at the people to people level.
The BRICS meeting comes after India and China have resolved the Doklam standoff. The theme of the 9th BRICS Summit is “Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”. The 9th BRICS summit will be held from September 3 to 5.
With Doklam standoff resolved, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China’s Xiamen to attend the 9th BRICS Summit. This visit is considered to be very significant for bilateral ties between India & China as on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, PM Modi is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, though a bilateral meeting has not been scheduled so far.