Modi lands in Myanmar to bolster India's 'look East' policy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw today on the first leg of his 10-day, three-nation tour that will also take him to Australia and Fiji.

 
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi arrives in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 11 November 2014  

Modi arrived on a special Air India plane to attend the Asean  and East Asia Summits. He will also hold direct talks with Burmese and other leaders on the sidelilenes.

Before leaving New Delhi this morning, Modi asserted, "Asean is at the core of our Act East Policy and at the centre of our dream of an Asian century, characterised by cooperation and integration."

Modi said he was looking forward to discussing with ASEAN leaders how to take "our relationship to a new level, which will supplement our deepening bilateral ties with each member.''

He said no other region in the world ''embodies so much dynamism'' or faces so many challenges as the region spanning the Indian Ocean, continental Asia and the Pacific Ocean, adding that the East Asia Summit has the potential to shape this region and the world's future.

"At the East Asia Summit, I look forward to discussing with ASEAN and seven global leaders how we can strengthen regional institutions, international norms and regional cooperation in pursuit of peace, stability and prosperity," India's Prime Minister said in a statement.