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Sunday, 27 May 2012 - 18:55
India PM Manmohan Singh in historic Burma visit.
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Manmohan Singh is beginning an official visit to Burma, the first by an Indian prime minister since 1987.

Singh said he hoped to strengthen trade and diplomatic co-operation during his three-day trip.

He will meet President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose mother once served as Burma's ambassador to India.

The two nations share a 1,600km border, but relations have often been uneasy.

The Delhi government cold-shouldered Burma's military rulers during the 1990s, infuriating the generals by openly supporting Suu Kyi.

India has already signed a number of deals for the exploitation of Burma's vast reserves of natural gas, and Indian firms are building ports and other infrastructure projects in Burma.

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