Prez greets Myanmar on eve of Independence Day

3 Jan 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee today said India and Myanmar should work to strengthen cooperation in the areas of shared interest to realise their respective developmental goals. Greeting President U Htin Kyaw on the eve of Myanmar's Independence Day, he said, "India and Myanmar cherish long standing close and friendly relations."  In his message, Mukherjee recalled the visit of President Kyaw in August last year and said that on the occasion, "We had reviewed our bilateral relationship and jointly identified the areas of shared interest where we would like to strengthen our cooperation to our mutual benefit."  "I am confident that our efforts will meet with success and contribute to the realisation of our respective developmental goals," he added. Myanmar celebrates its Independence day on January 4, the day it got freedom from United Kingdom in 1948. Unlike other former British colonies and overseas territories, it is not a member of the Commonwealth.(PTI)