Sunday, August 1, 2010

Myanmar official media hail top leader India visit

YANGON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe's recent five-day goodwill visit to India has marked a milestone of bilateral cooperation and friendship between Myanmar and India, said the official daily New Light of Myanmar Sunday.

The visit of Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, which was aimed at bolstering the friendship between the two governments and the two peoples of Myanmar and India, is believed to scale up the interest of the two nations in future, the daily said in its editorial.

Myanmar and India, being neighbors, geographical and cultural relations between the two countries provide further impetus for bilateral friendly relations, it noted.

Friendly relations between the two countries have been further cemented and they have boosted multi-purpose cooperation over the past decade, thanks to reciprocal visits of state leaders of the two neighbors, the editorial underlined.

Than Shwe paid his goodwill visit to India from July 25 to 29, meeting with his Indian counterpart President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, having talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

During the visit, five documents were signed, namely treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the two governments, MoU on Indian grant assistance for implementation of small development projects, MoU on information cooperation, MoU on cooperation in science and technology and MoU on conservation and restoration of Ananda Temple in Bagan.

Source: Xinhua News

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