External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Myanmar on a two-day visit next week on May 10 and 11. The visit is aimed towards continuing the strong relations between India and Myanmar after being elected a Democratic Government in Myanmar in 2016.
Indian foreign ministry’s spokesman Raveesh Kumar stated that Swaraj’s visit is being followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Mayanmar in September last year, also the foreign minister is expected to review the progress made in implementing the decisions made during Modi’s visit.
“Several key agreements covering diverse aspects of our bilateral relations are to be signed,” Kumar added.
This visit of Sushma Swaraj was announced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday. Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that this visit is part of the high-level talks with the Myanmar Government. He also said that during this period, Swaraj will also discuss on various bilateral issues and also review the progress made on the agreements and decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the country in September last year.
Kumar said that, during the visit, Sushma Swaraj will hold discussions with the Myanmar leadership on various bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
In September last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Myanmar. Ravish Kumar said, “To strengthen bilateral relations, the progress made on the decisions taken during the Prime Minister’s last visit in September 2017 is also expected to be in this tour.”
There is a possibility to discuss the Rohingya refugee crisis on Sushma Swaraj’s visit. During this visit, India can also extend assistance aimed at facilitating the return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh during the trip.