Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs have notified that India & Myanmar have agreed to operationalise the Rakhine state’s Sittwe port by first quarter of 2021. India’s decision was taken after a 2 day long visit of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar on October 4 to 5, 2020.

Bilateral Agreements

  • Both countries agreed to strengthen their connectivity projects, capacity building, power & energy partnership.
  • India & Myanmar agreed to deepen economic and trade ties.
  • The would work to facilitate people to people and cultural exchanges.
  • Further, both countries would work to broad-base their defense exchanges across all the 3 services.
  • India & Myanmar agreed to deepen cooperation to overcome the challenges of COVID-19.
  • Both discussed the progress of Trilateral Highway and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project.

India’s assistance

  • Three Thousand vials of Remdesivir was presented to the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. It symbolises India’s commitment to assist Myanmar to fight against the ongoing Covid-19.
  • India announced a grant of $2 million for the construction of the border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Myanmar’s Chin State. This will boost the economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar.

Cultural deal

  • India & Myanmar discussed the translation of Indian epics in Burmese language to enhance the cultural ties.
  • Both Countries also discussed about the plan to install a bust of Mandalay’s Lokmanya Tilak so as to commemorate his 100th death anniversary. This is being done in the light that- Lokmanya tilak wrote Gita Rahasya, which is a commentary on the Bhagvadgita, in Mandalay jail of Myanmar.

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