India and Myanmar on Wednesday signed eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and three agreements in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar to strengthen the multifaceted partnership between the two countries.
Following are the agreements and MoUs signed between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi:
1) MoU between the Election Commission of India and Union Election of Myanmar
2) Cultural Exchange Programme for the year 2017-2020
3) MoU on Cooperation betwen the Myanmar Press Council and the Press Council of India
4) Extension of MoU on the establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for enhancement of IT skills
5) Extension of MoU on the establishment of MIIT
6) MoU on cooperation in medical products regulation
7) MoU on cooperation in the field of health and medicine
8) MoU on Enhancing the Cooperation of the upgradation of the women’s police training center at Yamethin, Myanmar.
The two leaders unveiled the agreements after delegation-level talks, touching upon several issues, including the unrest in the Rakhine state. India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen maritime security cooperation. The two sides also signed an agreement for sharing white shipping information to improve data sharing on non-classified merchant navy ships or cargo ships.
Prime Minister Modi also announced gratis visas for people of Myanmar and promised to release the 40 Myanmarese citizens, lodged in Indian jails.
“India’s democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar. As neighbours, our interests are similar in the area of security. It’s necessary for us to work together towards the security of our land and maritime border,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Underlining the importance of maritime security, the Prime Minister said, “Myanmar and India, being neighbours, our outlook and focus on security are similar. It is necessary that India and Myanmar cooperate to ensure that the land and coastal borders we share remain calm, he added.
State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi said, “There are many areas in which we can cooperate. I would like to talk about the role India has played in capacity building because that is what our country is more in need of – to build up the capacity of our people that we may be able to construct truly safe and lasting federal democratic unions.”
“India has always been eager to join us in our efforts, to strengthen our democratic institutions of our country and for this also; we appreciate the relationship between our two countries. The friendship between our two countries has always been good. We need to further strengthen what we already have, what we built up at the time of our Independence 70 years ago,” Kyi said.
The Myanmar leader added, “The respective fathers of our Independence movement were close to each other and I think this closeness has been maintained throughout the seven decades and we truly believe that this will continue to be maintained in the years to come.”