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India promises help to Myanmar in setting up democratic institutions

During her call on, the Indian President congratulated the State Counsellor on her party's victory in the general elections held in Myanmar last year and complimented her on the role that she has played in Myanmar's path to democracy. Photograph: (AFP)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 18, 2016, 12.25 PM (IST)

Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi today met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and held talks with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj during which the visiting leader discussed how India could support Myanmar's agenda of national reconciliation.

Suu Kyi, who arrived in Delhi on a state visit yesterday from Goa where she attended BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet on Sunday, also sought assistance in areas of agriculture, capacity building, job creation, infrastructure and health care during her meeting with Swaraj, who offered all possible help from India.

Swaraj conveyed condolences on behalf of people of India over the loss of lives of many Myanmar police and army personnel in the recent terrorist attacks in the Rakhine state of Myanmar as also over the ferry tragedy on Chindwin river.

"The two leaders discussed the manner in which India could support Myanmar's agenda of national reconciliation, socio-economic development and strengthening democracy.

"The State Counsellor outlined her priorities in the areas of agriculture, training, capacity building, job creation, infrastructure and health care and sought India's assistance in these areas. Swaraj offered all possible assistance from India in keeping with the priorities outlined by the state counsellor," official sources said.

During her call on, the President congratulated the state counsellor on her party's victory in the general elections held in Myanmar last year and complimented her on the role that she has played in Myanmar's path to democracy.

Recalling his discussions during the visit of Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw to India in August, Mukherjee conveyed India's whole-hearted support for the Myanmar government in its efforts to live up to the expectations of the people of Myanmar.

Mukherjee also referred to India's rich experience in building a federal nation state, taking into account the ethnic and linguistic diversity of its people and offered any assistance desired by the government of Myanmar in this regard.

The President also hosted a private lunch for the state counsellor at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Earlier, Suu Kyi placed a wreath at Rajghat and was given a ceremonial welcome.

(PTI)

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