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Narendra Modi meets Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Narendra Modi meets Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi”

The Prime Minister also said that India shares Myanmar's concern on extremist violence in the Rakhine state and that he hopes that all stakeholders can find a solution, in which the unity and the territorial integrity of the country is maintained, together.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar comes at a time when the Myanmarese government is facing global pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya refugees that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar's military crackdown in the Rakhine state.

Hundreds have died since Rohingya militants raided police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine State last month. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

- India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen maritime security cooperation.

Prior to their departure, Indian officials made it clear that Modi is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

He also spoke about an India free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, casteism that is being created.

The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India previous year.

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Equating Rohingya Muslims issue in the Rakhine state with India's Kashmir issue, Myanmar's State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said there is a similarity between Rohingya and Kashmir issue.

Modi also said that India would issue gratis visas to all Myanmar citizens wishing to visit India and announced that 40 Myanmar nationals lodged in Indian jails would be released.

Bearing in mind that Aung San Suu Kyi "appears to be deaf and has done nothing to protect her citizens", petition signatories "demand the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee confiscate or take back the Nobel Peace Prize" awarded to her.

India has additionally promised the Burmese government of it's intention to open two Industrial Training Centers to aid developmental activity in Myanmar.

-PM @narendramodi: Deepening relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of "Act East Policy".

He appreciated the role of Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.

Modi was welcomed by President Htin Kyaw. Later, the prime minister left for heritage city of Bagan where he visited the Ananda Temple and the Bagan viewing tower.

The Prime Minister is on the second leg of his two-nation trip during which he travelled to southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS summit and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.



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