Review of Myanmar-India relations

Myanmar-India relations as Narendra Modi secures a second term, Myanmar is the only country where India’s Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First policy intersect. As a consequence of the Act East Policy and the Neighbourhood First policy, the relationship between our two countries have grown. The high level contacts between our two countries in the last several years have contributed to the growth in our relationship. When I called on His Excellency the President of Myanmar after presenting our credentials, he directed me that this good momentum which the India-Myanmar relationship is seen should be maintained and the high level contacts that out two countries have seen in recent years, that momentum should be maintained, major development which took place – Tamu-Moreh and the Sagaing and Manipur land border points between Myanmar and India, which means that anybody with a valid passport and a valid visa can move from Myanmar to India or vice versa. These are also places where trade can take place between the two countries. And when I refer to trade I am not referring to border trade but formal trade between the two countries. And, apart from this, it is important to note that our two countries for historical reasons, because we have people of the same ethnic groups staying on both sides of the boundary has what is called the “free movement regime” – so people who live within 16 kilometres of the boundary on either side are free to move across ........................


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