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India foreign secretary meets Suu Kyi; few details revealed

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A meeting between India Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was very low key on Wednesday, with Indian officials and NLD leaders putting out few details about the meeting.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao   Photo: flickrThe two leaders met at her house on Monday, according to an Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) report.

Suu Kyi, who was educated in India, and Nirupamo Rao discussed India's relations with Burma, IANS reported. It failed to identify any other Indian officials or NLD leaders who were involved in the meeting at Suu Kyi’s residence in Rangoon.

One NLD official told Mizzima that the Indian delegation might have been wary of criticism about the meeting, since in recent years it has made a point of becoming friendly with the former military junta. India is engaged in lucrative business deals in Burma, and it is attempting to counter China’s deep involvement with the Burmese government in business deals, including hydro electrical power projects and oil and gas.

During its visit to Burma, the Indian delegation, led by External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, visited Naypyitaw and met with Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo.

India officially transferred documents for the donation of a Food Security Shelter and signed an agreement to help establish a mechanical training school in Myingyan.

Krishna told reporters in New Delhi before his trip to Burma that the two governments would discuss the Kaladan development project in Burma.

India was a strong supporter for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese democracy movement until its policy shifted later to engage in more trade with the Burmese government.

Some observers said, however, that India, behind the scenes, has been encouraging the Burmese government to make democratic reforms.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 June 2011 21:55 )  

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