IMPHAL, Aug 8 (Newmai): The international entry-exit checkpoint at Moreh-Tamu in the Indo-Myanmar border was officially opened on Wednesday in a function held near Tamu Immigration office, an official statement said late this evening issued here. The opening ceremony of the Moreh-Tamu entry-exit point was attended by officials from both Myanmar and India. The opening of the checkpoint will facilitate travel on both sides as citizens holding passports and a valid visa will be allowed to exit and enter through the border checkpoint, the statement said.
According to the official statement, Consul General of India to Myanmar, Nandan Singh Bhaisora said that opening of international entry-exit checkpoint is a landmark occasion for both India and Myanmar. People from both sides of the border have been eagerly waiting for opening up of border checkpoints which will further strengthen the ties between the two countries in trade, tourism including medical tourism and people to people movement. The Government is taking up steps for the improvement of the land connectivity between the two countries and such steps will create a large number of jobs on both sides of the border, he added.
Later a conference was held between the officials of the two countries at the Integrated Check Post, Moreh on Indian side. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Government of Myanmar, U Aya Lwin; Deputy Commissioner of Tamu district, Myint Thein Aung; Director, Immigration, Saigang Region, Khin Htwe and other officials attended the conference representing Myanmar. The Indian delegates was represented by Dr Suhel Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, Kh. Raghumani, Special Secretary (Home), RK Shivachandra, Convenor, Act East Policy, Manipur, Brigadier AS Chauhan, Commander 26 Sector Assam Rifles, and other government officials.
During the conference delegates from both the countries exchanged views on the opening up of International entry-exit checkpoint which will boost trade, increase people to people movement, open new avenues in tourism among others, the official statement said.