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Myanmar expresses grave concern over stoppage of pulses imports by India; New Delhi should restore imports

Myanmar has demanded that India should withdraw restrictions imposed on import of pulses from the country forthwith in the long term interest of cooperation between both the countries.

A joint statement issued at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two day trip to that country said " the state counsellor Daw Aung Sanj Suu Kyi expressed grave concern at the recent notification issued by India imposing quantitative restrictions on various categories of pulses and requested the Prime Minister of India to lift all restrictions on imports from Myanmar in view of the bonds of friendship and long term interests of the two people and Nations."

The Indian Prime Minister responded saying that it was important to work out a long term arrangement whereby the interests of both the people's could be safeguarded in future.

India has been importing huge quantities of arahar dal from Mynamar following the shortfall in domestic production for the last two years. This year the crop position has improved and prices have fallen sharply forcing the government to issue quantitative restrictions on import of arahar dal.

The two countries emphasized the need to improve market access by removing all trade barriers with a view to facilitate trade between them. They expressed satisfaction with the conclusions reached at the sixth meeting Myanmar India Joint Trade Committee held in New Delhi three months ago. They agreed to to continue holding of meetings of the Border Trade Committee and the Border Haats committee.

India welcomed Myanmar's desire to seek cooperation with it to develop its textile industry covering standardization, inspection and quality recommendations, research and development, human resources development and capacity building. The two sides acknowledged the importance of pulses in the bilateral trade basket and the implication of this trade has for the Myanmar's farmers and Indian consumers.

India shared its expertise in power trade and expressed its interest in examining possible cooperation in this area with Myanmar. It was agreed that these and other relevant issues would be taken up at an early meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on power and other forums. In view of the immense benefits that would accrue to participating countries, Myanmar promised to give careful consideration to India's suggestion to join the Framework agreement for the establihsment of the International Solar Alliance.

Myanmar welcomed India's participation in its energy sector both in exploration and production and invited Indian companies to pariticipate in the tenders for Petrochemicals and petroleum products, marketing infrastructure and setting up of LPG Terminals.

India informed that leading Indian oil and gas companies are in the process of opening offices in Myanmar. The two sides applauded the agreement reached by Numaligarh Refinery in India and Param Energy group of Myanmar on supply of diesel to Myanmar across the land border. This will give the people of north Myanmar cheaper and more reliable access to petroleum products. It will also encourge both sides to collaborate in storage and retail marketing of petroleum products in Myanmar. The first consignment of the high speed Diesel reached Myanmar on September four.


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