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Myanmar may be Manmohan's last trip abroad as PM

Jayanth Jacob , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 01, 2014
First Published: 02:12 IST(1/2/2014) | Last Updated: 02:37 IST(1/2/2014)

In what could be his last visit abroad as the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh is set to travel to Myanmar to attend the summit of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) in the first week of March.

Although the nuclear security summit is scheduled to be held in Netherlands in the last week of March, sources said that there is no plan for the PM to attend it. Singh had attended the last editions in South Korea and the US.

Singh is expected to leave for Naypyidaw, Myanmar on March 2 for the summit. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are the members of the grouping.

He will also have a bilateral meeting with Myanmar leadership which could pave the way for signing of the border security pact between the two countries. Though New Delhi has already cleared the pact, the Myanmar parliament is yet to clear it clear it.

The trip could be the last for Singh as the Prime Minister, who has indicated that he is not interested in a third term even if the Congress musters the numbers to form government. Though Singh has already indicated his plans for a trip to Pakistan, there is no forward movement on it yet, sources said.

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