Indo- Myanmar border trade which remains standstill since the outbreak of corona virus in 2020 is to be resumed soon. Ministry of External Affairs (BM division) sent a letter to the Manipur government in this regard.
Smita Pant, joint secretary of External Affairs BM division sent a letter to the chief secretary of Manipur Dr. Rajesh Kumar, informing him about the recommendation for resuming border trade at Moreh through a border crossing gate No.1.
The letter stated “this is with regard to the opening of border gates at ICP Moreh for resumption of border trade between India and Myanmar. It may be recalled that as per the guidelines of the government of India border gates at ICP Moreh were closed in March 2020 due to the lockdown restrictions imposed because of the covid outbreak “.
In 2020, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren has tweeted,
“As precautionary measures of transmission of COVID-19, the international border with Myanmar has been closed including gate no 1 and 2 in Moreh until further orders.”
We have now been approached by the Myanmar side to open the border gates for resuming border trade between India ànd Myanmar , the letter stated.
All concerned stakeholders in the government of India and Manipur State government have recommended opening the border gate No. 1 at ICP Moreh
In view of this, it is recommended that concerned authorities may kindly be requested to open border gate No.1 at ICP Moreh to resume border trade between India and Myanmar, while following covid appropriate behavior, the letter stated.
The Manipur state government, as of now, is yet to issue an order for reopening the border and resumption of border trade. (Eastern Mirror/CNS)