The visit of the Indian Army chief, Gen. MM Naravane and the Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar (Oct 4-5, 2020) has elevated bilateral relations to the next level. In the context of Myanmar, it is unprecedented though there is a precedent in the India-Bhutan relationship. Both Gen. Naravane and Foreign Secretary, Shringla are not strangers to this region. Gen. Naravane was formerly head of Indian Army’s Eastern Command and had served as Defence Attache in the Indian Embassy at Yangon. Foreign Secretary Shringla was India’s envoy to Thailand and Bangladesh and earlier headed the territorial desk in the Foreign Office dealing with this region. Shringla’s brief stint as India’s Ambassador to Washington added to the importance of the visit. The Modi government must be congratulated for this pragmatic, pro-active and timely step.
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