President Ram Nath Kovind has reiterated India's readiness to offer assistance to Myanmar in addressing its challenges of national reconciliation, reconstruction and economic development during its transition towards democracy.

Addressing a gathering of the Indian community in Yangon, Mr Kovind said that New Delhi fully respects the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar, which is also important for Indian and regional security. 

In his address, President extended India's full support to the peaceful dialogue between all stakeholders in Myanmar to make the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement more inclusive. He reminded that terrorism and violent extremism are among the biggest dangers to humankind, especially the democracies with diversity. 

He urged the countries for greater cooperation and capacity sharing in the light of the increased competition for the global commons such as outer space, the high seas and cyberspace. 
President also invited the Indian community to participate in the Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan to be held in Varanasi from 21st to 23rd January next year.  Addressing the media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that relationship with Myanmar is based on our historical ties. 

Myanmar considers India's security concerns very seriously and is eager to take the relations to new heights. He added that New bus service between Mandlay and Manipur is going to start soon. 

He also mentioned that visa on arrival facility for Indian fliers to Myanmar has been brought into force with immediate effect, crucial for people to people contact.

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