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Myanmar military ruler of to meet Manmohan Singh today

By Nairita Das

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): General Than Shwe, the head of Myanmar's military junta, who is presently on a five-day state visit to India, will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today.

According to sources, the two countries are set to ink a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters to combat transnational organised crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and smuggling of arms and explosives.

A slew of pacts on boosting Indian investment in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors is also expected to be signed after delegation-level talks.

India is likely to announce grants and lines of credit for developing power, road, railway and cross-border connectivity projects with Myanmar along the 1,645 km border between the two countries, sources said.

Shwe will also meet Vice President Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj.

His visit comes at a time when there has been growing criticism by the West of the ruling Junta which says it will hold elections this year but has disqualified Aung San Suu Kyi from contesting.

Shwe would leave for Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Daw on Thursday. (ANI)

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