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March 28, 2020

People-to-people contact strengthens Indo-Myanmar relations

During Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s recent visit to Myanmar, the Government of Myanmar announced plans to grant visas on arrival to Indian citizens flying to the country, starting 1 December.
The move will increase tourism and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The Government of India, on its part, is giving gratis visa to all Myanmar citizens visiting India.
The visa-on-arrival facility for Indian nationals began effectively from 13 December.
To increase and promote contact between the people of Myanmar and India, the two countries are also planning to launch bus services from Imphal to Moreh and from Mandalay to Tamu in the near future.
In yet another bilateral achievement, the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project has reached its final stages of completion. A port operator for the Sittwe Port is expected to be announced soon.
To promote people-to-people contact, the two countries also reached a landmark agreement on May 2018 on land border crossing, which has had a positive impact, promoting the smooth movement of people between the two countries.
The achievements show that consistent and joint efforts by the founding fathers and the successive leaders of both countries throughout history have helped bring the bilateral relationship to its apex.
A road project connecting Paletwa to Zorinpui along the Indian border is under way and both sides have agreed to facilitate the movement of personnel, construction material, and equipment across the border through Zorinpui and from Paletwa.
With cross-border links between North East India and Myanmar, India considers Myanmar as a land and sea link between New Delhi and ASEAN, as part of its ‘Act East’ Policy.
The Indian President’s visit to Myanmar aims to maintain a very positive and forward-looking trajectory and build upon the strong historical and cordial ties shared by the two nations.
The growing exchanges in the bilateral sphere, including in the areas of trade, investment, culture, people-to-people contact, and security bear testimony to the synergies between Myanmar’s independent and active foreign policy and India’s pragmatic ‘Act East’ and ‘Neighbourhood First’ policies.
Myanmar leaders also appreciate the fact that India attaches priority to its relations with Myanmar in its foreign relations based on the ‘Act East Policy’ and the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.
We would like to refer to India as a friend that takes a fair and balanced position on all issues related to Myanmar.

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