The Prime Minister Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday.
Myanmar is the only ASEAN country which shares a border with India. Therefore, it is the only country which can act as a land link between India and an entity which would be the sixth-largest economy in the world if it were a single nation.
Myanmar President Htin Kyawtoday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.
Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on the final leg of his two- nation visit after attending the BRICSSummit in China.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted a few images of Kyaw welcoming Modi. The two leaders also inspected the guard of honour.
The prime minister’s visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.
Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow.
The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.
Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.
India and Myanmar were also looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter- terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture, Modi had said ahead of his visit.