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Source: Mea

December 12, 2011: MEA, Government of India,Visit of Parliamentary Delegationled by Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) of Myanmar to India

Thura U. Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House of the Myanmar Parliament, is leading a high level parliamentary delegation to India from December 11-17, 2011. The visit is taking place in response to a joint invitation extended by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India/Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Smt. Meira Kumar, Speaker of the Lok Sabha,

Thura U. Shwe Mann was elected Speaker of the Lower House when the Hluttaw (Parliament of Myanmar) was convened for the first time on January 31, 2011 following general elections in Myanmar on November 7, 2010.

The visit of the parliamentary delegation led by Thura U. Shwe Mann follows the State Visit of President U. Thein Sein of Myanmar to India in October this year. During the visit of the President of Myanmar, the Prime Minister of India had offered all necessary assistance in further strengthening the democratic transition of Myanmar in an inclusive and broad based manner and expressed readiness to share India’s own experiences in evolving parliamentary rules, procedures and practices.

The delegation is expected to call on the Vice President/Chairman Rajya Sabha, and meet the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister, External Affairs Minister, Parliamentary Affairs Minister and the Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The delegation is also scheduled to interact with the Chairman and members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs meet with the Chief Minister of Delhi and observe proceedings in both Houses of Parliament.

The delegation would also visit places of economic, cultural and historic importance in New Delhi and Mumbai during their stay in India.