Myanmar to be Khurshid’s first bilateral stop

In keeping with the tradition of making neighbourhood the first stop, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will be travelling to Myanmar on his first bilateral visit.

Sources said that while the minister was not keen on an overseas visit during the Parliament session, a visit has been squeezed in during the weekend of December 15-16.

Khurshid travelled to Laos earlier but that was for a multi-lateral event. A bilateral trip to Iran in November last week had been cancelled. His visit comes close on the heels of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to India after 25 years. Khurshid will be reviewing the progress and status of initiatives announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Myanmar in May this year and take stock of the security cooperation between the two sides.

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