On Monday, India contributed 3000 bottles of Remdesivir as aid to Myanmar to fight Covid-19. Indian Army chief General MM Naravane along with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in fact handed over the aid to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The antivirual drug Remdesivir has earlier been helpful in treating COVID-19.
Myanmar – a friendly neighbour of India
Myanmar stands at the center of India-Southeast Asia geography and shares not only 1640 kms but also 725 kms maritime boundary. It is also an important member of the Neighborhood First Policy and Act East Policy. Furthermore, Myanmar acts as a connecting agent for India between South and South-East Asia as well.
Myanmar is also strategically beneficial for India as it is an important member of BIMSTEC and provides bilateral or regional cooperation among Bay of Bengal countries.
India strengthens ties, gives Remdesivir to Myanmar
General Naravane and Foreign Secretary Shringla went on a 2-day trip to Myanmar earlier on Monday. They aimed to expand ties between India and Myanmar in terms of connectivity, security and also defence mechanism. Therefore, during a meeting with Indian Ambassador Saurabh Kumar and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at Naypyitaw, they also discussed important bilateral issues.
India’s visit to Myanmar is believed to be significant because Myanmar is right in the middle of heated border disputes between India and China in East Ladakh. General MM Naravane’s Myanmar trip is in fact his first ever foreign visit after he became Chief of Army Staff in December 2019.
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