The Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar is expected to figure prominently during President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the South-East Asian nation from 10-14 December as part of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.
During his visit at the head of a high-level delegation, the President will hold wide-ranging talks with his counterpart U Win Myint and state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on bilateral issues as well as regional and global developments. The progress in rehabilitating the displaced Rohingya refugees may also figure during the talks.
Several agreements are expected to be signed during the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
“Through this visit, the president will reaffirm India’s commitment to developing its important partnership with Myanmar. This is a country where India’s Act East and Neighbourhood First policies intersect. It is also the only ASEAN member state that is both a land and maritime neighbour of India,” the ministry said.
In the past three years, political, economic and defence ties with Myanmar have been on an upswing with the visits of top leaders to the respective countries. The armies and navies of the two countries also participate in bilateral military drills.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Myanmar last year, while Aung San Suu Kyi visited India this January for the India-ASEAN commemorative Summit.