Highlights

Government of India contributed 3 thousand vials of Remdesivir to Myanmar under the framework of India-Myanmar Foreign Office Consultation. The 3,000 vials of Remdesivir drug was provided by Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane to the Myanmar State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The vials were provided under Neighbourhood First Policy of India to help the friendly neighbour fight against Pandemic.

Backdrop

Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a 2 day visit to Myanmar to expand ties in defence, security and connectivity. Naravane has accompanied the Foreign Secretary Harsh Varshan Shringla.

Importance

The visit gains its importance as it comes amidst the stand off between Indian army and People’s Liberation Army in Ladakh. Also, the Indian representatives have made the foreign visit amidst restrictions due to pandemic.

This visit is also important as it is the first foreign visit of Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane since he took charge as Army Chief in December 2019.

India-Myanmar Relation

India & Myanmar are working to make the Myanmar’s Sittwe port operational by 2021. Sittwe port will connect India’s land locked north eastern region. Both countries have also planned to begin the construction of 69 bridges under the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway soon.

  • India is strengthening its maritime cooperation with Myanmar to secure the Indian Ocean Region. This is important because the Chinese influence in the region is increasing. India is expecting China to make similar moves in the Indian Ocean Region as that of Ladakh.
  • Myanmar has the highest Indian Investment as compared to any other country in South Asia. India has invested around $1.2 billion in Myanmar. Recently, India approved $120 million investment in the Shwe Oil and Gas project.
  • According to the India-Myanmar 2012 agreement, India has been assisting Myanmar in developing the border areas. Under this, India provided $5 million for over a period of 5five years. This MoU has already been extended till 2022. This is mainly to help Myanmar fix its Rohingya issued in the Rakhine state.

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