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India, Myanmar review bilateral ties

New Delhi, June 8: India and Myanmar reviewed their bilateral issues during foreign office consultations headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Permanent Secretary in the Myanmar Foreign Ministry U Myint Thu, the government said on Friday. “The two sides reviewed the complete range of bilateral relations, including high level visits, security and defence related issues, boundary matters and border management, trade and commerce, development cooperation, connectivity, cultural and consular matters,” the External Affairs Ministry said after the 17th round of foreign office consultations on Thursday. “They also exchanged views on sub-regional, regional and global issues of mutual interest,” a Ministry statement stated.

India is a key development aid partner for Myanmar and is implementing a number of infrastructure projects in that country. These include the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project connecting Mizoram with Sittwe port in Myanmar, the Trilateral Highway Project connecting India with Myanmar and Thailand and the Rhi-Tiddim road. India is also offering economic and humanitarian aid to Rakhine State in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis. (IANS)