Indian Prime Minister to Visit Myanmar

By: associated press
By: associated press
The visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar on Sunday is the latest sign that India now believes it needs to assert its presence in its eastern neighbor.

In this Wednesday, April 25, 2012 photo Muslim tourists from India, visit the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- The visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar on Sunday is the latest sign that India now believes it needs to assert its presence in its eastern neighbor.

Singh's three-day trip to resource-rich Myanmar comes as India intensifies its search for gas supplies to fuel its economic boom.

In recent years, India has nervously watched China's domination of Myanmar's oil and gas exploration projects.

Singh's visit will be the first in 25 years by an Indian prime minister to Myanmar, which shares an extensive land border with India.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said India is seeking to deepen bilateral cooperation in security, trade and investment.

Singh will also be meeting with Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

AP-WF-05-26-12 1118GMT


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