Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told Myanmar's finance minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, that her clear vision and mature leadership skills, which helped establish democracy in the neighbouring country, had inspired everyone around the world, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. Modi received the National League for Democracy leader at Hyderabad House in Delhi, and said, “An old friend from the East, a partner in our common Progress. You are no stranger to the people of India. Welcome back, to your second home!”
Suu Kyi is on her first official visit to India since her party formed the country's first democratically elected government in March. Modi told Suu Kyi that India would always support her efforts to transform Mynamar into a modern and prosperous nation. He said the two countries enjoy centuries-old cultural connect. He also said the Archaeological Survey of India would soon begin work on the restoration of two old temples damaged in the recent earthquake in the country. The ASI will also work on inscriptions of King Mindon and King Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.
Indian also offered Myanmar assistance in agriculture, renewable energy and power sector. About military cooperation between the two nations, Modi said, “We have agreed that close security coordination in the border areas and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests, will serve mutual interests.” Suu Kyi said Myanmar had always admired India for being the greatest democracy in the world, ANI reported. Addressing the press, she said, “We are confident that our countries can overcome challenges.The time has come for us to say that, yes we can do this.”
On Tuesday, Suu Kyi met President Pranab Mukherjee. Before that, she attended the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Goa on Saturday and Sunday.