CMs from Myanmar impressed by Naga unity

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Kohima, Dec 2: Chief Ministers of Sagaing U Thar Aye Kachin region U Lajon Ngan Sai from Myanmar Monday expressed joy over having experienced the ambience of the Hornbill Festival.

They stated that the inaugural function was like “meeting old friends and relatives” as there were a lot of cultural commonalities between their communities and the Nagas.

The chief ministers and 12 other delegate members from Myanmar who had come to Nagaland would be state guests for three days.

In an interaction with Nagaland Post at Hotel Japfu Monday, U Thar Aye said he was impressed that the Hornbill Festival displayed the unity of the Naga people. “The way unity has been showcased was impressive”, he said.

Sharing his joy to be a part of the festival, U Thar Aye also informed that India and Myanmar were already co-operating with one another in agricultural sector and recalled the visit of Myanmar agriculture minister who came along with 10 farmers to conduct a research on cardamom framing on two occasions. He said there was already a “link” for further going ahead with the project together.

He said the overall experience of their visit would be conveyed to Myanmar central government so as to further strengthened joint-projects.

Chief Minister of Kachin region U Lajon Ngan Sai expressed immense joy in attending the Hornbill Festival stating that being from a neighbouring country, he felt “at home” and stressed that “we are not strangers”.

He also shared his willingness to have cultural exchange with the Nagas and also co-operate in educational and agriculture sectors. He exuded confidence that their visit would eventually strengthen the bond of relationship/brotherhood between the India and Myanmar.

The two chief ministers will be “honoured guests” on the second day of the Hornbill Festival. They would also be the co-chief guests at Kigwema Village gate pulling ceremony. The Myanmar delegate would also attend the Handshake Concert at Raj Bhavan in the evening on the same day.

Meanwhile, Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research, Royal Government of Bhutan would be the ‘honoured guest’ during the Hornbill Festival on December 4.

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