‘Changes in Myanmar open new opportunities for India’

September 18th, 2012 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, S Sep 18 (IANS) Recent changes in Myanmar have created new opportunities for enhancing relations with India, according to an expert.

“The recent changes in Myanmar have created new opportunities for enhancing Indo-Myanmar ties,” director general of Indian Council of World Affairs Rajeev Bhatia said at a seminar on “Indo-Myanmar Relations and Development of India’s Northeast” here.

Bhatia said that while the development of the country’s north eastern states was India’s internal affair, and improvement in Indo-Myanmar ties a separate issue, “Both the benefits can accrue better if they are looked at in a connected way”.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies Centre, Kolkata, and Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi.

The keynote address was given by retired army chief General Shankar Roy Chowdhury.

Over 200 officials, business leaders, scholars and students attended the six sessions of the seminar Monday and took a critical look at the political and economic situation in the northeast and the enhancement of Indo-Myanmar ties.

Several participants dwelt on how the northeast can be developed further by leverging the “Look East” policy of the central government to ensure a prosperous northeast and better connection with southeast Asia.

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