PM Modi wraps up China visit, heads to Myanmar

RSTV Bureau
Xiamen: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to a speech during the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian Province, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. AP/PTI

Xiamen: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to a speech during the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. AP/PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is headed to Myanmar after he attended the BRICS summit in Xiamen in China.

“I thank the Chinese government and people for their warm hospitality during the BRICS Summit. Leaving for Myanmar for a bilateral visit,” Modi said in a tweet before leaving.

This is PM Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar, and he looks to consolidate ties between the two countries in areas like security and counter-terrorism.

He is scheduled to land in capital Nay Pyi Taw and will call on Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, who is also hosting a banquet for him later in the day.

PM Modi will meet State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday and hold wide-ranging talks with her.

Modi had said India and Myanmar will look at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture.

He hoped his visit will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries.

The prime minister 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 also said he was looking forward to paying a visit to the famed heritage city of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has done “stellar work” in renovating the Ananda Temple.

Modi had visited Myanmar in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.

Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

(With inputs from PTI)