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India to Open Consulate in Sittwe

17 December 2012

India will open its third diplomatic mission in Burma in the Arakan State capital of Sittwe, The Hindu reports. Burma agreed to the move during a meeting between Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and his Burmese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin over the weekend. Sittwe will be the starting point of a new route to northeastern Indian, currently connected to the rest of India only by a narrow land corridor. Vessels will travel from Sittwe to Kaletwa on the Kaladan River, and goods will be transported by road from there to the international border 60 km away.