PM to visit Myanmar, Australia, Fiji to boost eastern ties

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will travel to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji to participate in Asean and East Asia Summits in Myanmar, G-20 Summit in Australia, and use the visit to strengthen bilateral and multilateral ties.

The visits will start on 11 November.

In Myanmar he will attend two key multilateral summits- the Asean and East Asia Summits.

Modi said, "Our ties with South East Asia are deep rooted. Strengthening relations with Asean nations is an important part of our 'Act East' policy. Asean is central to our dream of an Asian century, where India will play a crucial role. I am sure the meetings there would be fruitful.

Describing Myanmar as a valued friend, he said," Having stronger relations with Myanmar is a priority area for us. "

After Myanmar, he will go to Australia for the G-20 Summit.

Describing the G20 as "a great platform to showcase opportunities India has to offer to the world" Modi said, "I look forward to working with G-20 leaders on important issues concerning the world, particularly those relating to the global economy. "

"My Australia visit is both special and historic. It will be the first bilateral visit to Australia by an Indian PM in 28 years and am honoured to have been given an opportunity to address the Australian Parliament. I am also eagerly looking forward to interacting with the Indian community in Australia

He said both Australia and India fought shoulder to shoulder during WW1 and said he would be visiting the War Memorial with PM Tony Abbott.