Sushma Swaraj leaves for Myanmar

ANI | Updated: May 10, 2018 13:29 IST

New Delhi [India], May 10 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj left on a two-day visit to Myanmar here on Thursday.
The visit is part of on going high level interaction betweens the governments of India and Myanmar, according to a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Swaraj’s departure to Myanmar.
Neighbourhood first! EAM @SushmaSwaraj emplanes for Nay Pyi Taw on a bilateral visit to Myanmar on 10-11 May. EAM will hold discussions with Myanmar leadership to further reinforce our bilateral ties.

During her visit, Swaraj will hold discussions with the Myanmar leadership on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest to both countries.
As per the MEAstatement, the discussions are expected to review progress made on decisions taken during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar in September last year.
Several key agreements covering diverse aspects of India-Myanmar bilateral relations are expected to be signed during the visit.
India has emerged as a key development aid partner for Myanmar. (ANI)

Free e-visas luring Myanmar tourists to India

ANI | Updated: May 10, 2018 12:00 IST

Thimpu [Myanmar], May 10 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s decision to provide free visas to Myanmar citizens has helped to boost inflow of Myanmar tourists to the country.
According to the Myanmar Times the number of Myanmar travelers to India increased by 10 percent in 2017 as compared to 2016.
The free visa policy for Myanmar tourists was announced on September 6, 2017.
Addressing a maiden tourism promotional event in Myanmar‘s Yangon, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Rashi Dubey said that the Myanmar visitors are more likely to visit Bodh Gaya, the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in Bihar.
“Most visitors from Myanmar are going to Bodh Gaya”, said Dubey adding that in 2017 more than 50, 000 Myanmar pilgrims visited the annual Bodh Gaya festival adding over 20,000 tourists since the previous year.
She said that there is potential for a further increase in Myanmar tourists due to the easy and free availability of electronic-visas. Further improved Indo-Myanmar air and land connections would facilitate the movement of tourists.
Increase in tourism from Myanmar would indirectly help in the promotion of north-eastern states as favourable tourism destinations because of their geographical proximity to the former.
In the coming months, land routes border crossing are likely to open between the two countries, which could help increase tourism traffic, Dubey noted.
She said,”This is a good opportunity for the people between the two countries to engage with each other and look at the business opportunities for sending tourists from Myanmar to India or India to Myanmar.”
The tourism event held on Monday brought together delegations of both countries on a common platform to initiate discussion between them and several tourism entities. (ANI)

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