Aung Suu Kyi to meet PM Modi today; discuss issues related to security, defence

New Delhi: State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, who is on a three-day visit to India, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.

India and Myanmar have been trying to give bilateral ties a more strategic approach after the National League for Democracy under the leadership of Suu Kyi came to power in Myanmar in March this year.

Both the leaders are expected to discuss various issues including security and defence.

Both nations share a 1,640 kilometre border and the issue of peace and security remains one of the crucial points of the bilateral relationship.

Cooperation in the fields of agriculture, transport, energy are also expected to feature during the talks.

On Tuesday, Suu Kyi was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where she was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which she inspected the guard of honour.

Suu Kyi met with President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. “It is a great pleasure for me to be back in India again especially in Delhi where I spent so many years. I look forward to better relationships between our two countries because every time I come back to India, I realise how close we are to one another, and how much I believe that our friendship will stand the test of time,” she said during her welcome.

Suu Kyi is accompanied by several Ministers and senior officials and her three-day visit will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and seek to further strengthen the close and friendly ties that exist between the two countries.