NEW DELHI, Dec 20 - India and Myanmar today inked an agreement on restoration of normalcy and development of the Rakhine state from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims recently fled following incidents of violence against the community.
Signed between Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Myanmar Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw, this is the first government to government pact inked by Myanmar with a cooperation partner focused on socioeconomic development and livelihood initiatives in the Rakhine state.
Jaishankar is on an official visit to Myanmar.
�This is intended to help the government of Myanmar achieve its objective of restoration of normalcy in Rakhine state and enable the return of displaced persons,� the External Affairs Ministry said.
Under this MoU, India proposes to take up, among others, a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine state so as to meet the immediate needs of the returning people, it said.
During the visit, Jaishankar called on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister in State Counsellor�s Office U Kyaw Tint Swe and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye. � PTI