Daw Suu looking forward to a visit to India, says New Delhi

State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed interest in visiting India, the foreign ministry in New Delhi said last month, media reports said.

Suu Kyi told Mr V.K. Singh, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, that she was looking forward to a visit to India when they held talks in Vientiane on July 26, the foreign ministry said.

The talks took place on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers’ meeting in the Laotian capital, foreign ministry spokesperson Mr Vikas Swarup told a briefing on July 28, the reports said.

Suu Kyi had enquired about the health of her India counterpart, Ms Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs, and mentioned that she was looking forward to visiting India, Swarup said.

Singh told Suu Kyi that India was willing to help strengthen democratic institutions in Myanmar, including training parliamentarians and sharing its experience in federalism, centre-state relations, and political reconciliation, Swarup said.

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They also discussed the Myanmar government’s support for India’s development projects, such as the Kaladan multi-modal transport project, that aims to link Kolkatta with India’s northeastern states via Sittwe, and the Asia trilateral highway, connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand, the reports said.

Suu Kyi had expressed interest in learning from India’s experience in solar power and the use of technology for using recycled materials in road building, Swarup said.

India had offered to provide help to Myanmar for building rubberised roads, on which a concept paper had been shared, he said.

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