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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has met several Naga leaders and policymakers there in an effort to boost the economic development of the Naga inhabited areas during his official visit to Myanmar.

The chief minister began his five day official visit on February 5th.

Rio, who was accompanied by several top officials of the state government, met chief ministers of Sagaing division Thar Aye and Mandalay division Ye Myint and other top officials of the Myanmar government.

Sources said the Naga officials met several top leaders of the Myanmar government and exchanged views on development in Sagaing division where Nagas live.

“We got calls from people in the interior Naga areas in Myanmar,” a source said. The Naga officials met the Chief Minister, the Union Border Affairs Minister, the speaker of Parliament and other dignitaries and officials and visited Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, and other places, including Mandalay, Yangon and Monya. The Chief Minister has been meeting the government officials for faster development and better trade opportunities in the Naga inhabited areas.

Nagaland has opened four international trade centres along the Indo-Myanmar border, but so far it has remained a white elephant. Several Naga organisations and Naga policymakers in Myanmar have appreciated the Nagaland government’s concern and initiatives for the development in the Naga areas.

Nagas in Myanmar said they were at a “crossroad” with the country adopting a democratic system of government recently and that the Nagas have been inevitably made to get involved in this transition.