Meira Kumar, the speaker of Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian parliament) said on Wednesday that India has a strong desire for peace and stability in Myanmar. The statement came after 10-member delegation of parliamentarians from the Myanmar called on the speaker.
Welcoming the delegation, Meira Kumar comgratulated the delegation members for the successful conduct of elections in Myanmar. “The transition to democracy has given a new look to the Myanmarese Parliament, giving voice to diverse groups,” she said.
Meira Kumar said that India and Myanmar share a very special and close relationship which dates back to ancient times. She recalled that that high level visits in the recent past have provided the much needed momentum to friendly relations between the two countries.
Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh traveled to Myanmar in May this year and signed agreements which included setting up of a Rice Bio Park, Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education, MoU regarding US$ 500 million Credit Line between Export-Import Bank of India and Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, cultural exchanges, academic exchanges, etc.
In response, Mr. Ti Khun Myun, member of parliament and leader of the visiting Delegation, thanked Meira Kumar for the warm hospitality extended to them. He extended an invitation to the speaker of Lok Sabha to visit Myanmar along with an Indian Parliamentary Delegation.
A delegation of parliamentarians from Myanmar led by the Speaker of the Myanmarese parliament had visited India in December 2011.