Act East Policy to strengthen ties with SE Asian countries: Biren

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IMPHAL, Jan 24 (Newmai): Manipur chief minister, N Biren Singh said that the NDA led government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has transformed the vision “Look East Policy” into “Act East Policy” to maintain a strong and cohesive relationship with the South East Asian countries.
N Biren Singh said this while flagging off the delegates of Manipur women football team exhibition match between Myanmar and India cum Business meet with traders of Mandalay and Sagaing Division from January 27. The flag-off ceremony was held at the Western Gate of Kangla, Imphal on Wednesday.
On the occasion, the chief minister said that “we should showcase our civilization, rich culture and tradition to these South East Asian countries”. He further said that the success of the “Act East Policy” depends on “our hospitality to the visitors coming to our State”.
Addressing the delegates, the chief minister said that “we have to keep in mind that we are not just going to play football but we are on a mission to build a friendly and cordial relationship with our neighbouring countries”. Winning or losing is an inevitable part of every game, however the true spirit of sports should be maintained by the sports persons, he added. The chief minister urged the ministers, MLAs and officials to have a dialogue with the officials of Myanmar Government about the opening of border for feasibility of trade and commerce, visa on arrival facilities etc.
The chief minister gave his best wishes to the delegates for a productive and successful journey.
The delegates includes minister for YAS Letpao Haokip, MLAs Paonam Brojen, Y Surchandra, Convenor of State Level Committee for Operationalisation of Act East Policy RK Shivachandra, Chairman and Managing Director of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Dr. Kh. Palin, players and officials of the women’s football team.

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