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Indian President to Begin Three-Day Visit to Burma Wednesday


Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will begin a three-day official visit to Burma starting Wednesday for talks on a range of issues, including trade and terrorism.

The Indian president is scheduled to meet with senior Burmese leaders, including Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council.

Mr. Kalam will be accompanied on his trip by Foreign Secretary Shayam Saran and other senior ministers. The two sides plan to discuss efforts to eliminate insurgents operating in Burma.

They also plan to discuss building a gas pipeline from Burma to India and other economic issues. This will be the highest-level visit from India to Burma since Rajiv Gandhi traveled to Rangoon in 1987.

Burmese leader Than Shwe made a state visit to India in 2004.

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