India will open a consulate at Sittwe (Akyab), Arakan State, a sea port on the Burma side of the Bay of Bengal, becoming the first country to have three missions in the country, according to Hindu online.
China and India have their embassies in the national capital and consulates in Mandalay.
The Burmese agreement to the consulate came during a meeting between India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Burmese counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Indian FM on Saturday in Rangoon said it was ready to help Myanmar in every way in its transition towards achieving the “ambitious agenda” of good governance, rule of law and securing fundamental rights of citizens.
He also made the assurance at the inauguration ceremony of the International Conference on Buddhist Cultural Heritage in Rangon. The event has been organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the Myanmarese government and Sitagu Academe.
“The Imphal-Mandalay Bus Service and the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is expected to enable the communities across the borders to meet and create deeper economic and social bonds. So would the Border Haats that our two sides have agreed to set up along the India-Myanmar border,” said Khurshid.
“India and Myanmar are bound by geography. But these bonds are reinforced, deepened and strengthened by our historical, cultural and spiritual ties, which are enduring,” he said.