PM Modi meets Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

PM Modi meets Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday departed for India from the Yangon International Airport after concluding his two-day bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi also lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in helping people in distress, and being sensitive to the concerns of every Indian in any part of the world.

Modi's first bilateral visit here comes at a time when the Myanmarese government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi is facing global pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya Muslims that have poured into Bangladesh in just two weeks after Myanmar's military launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state.

Prime Minister Modi noted that people to people ties are the strength of India-Myanmar relations.

Some 125,00 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since violence intensified on August 25, according to the latest United Nations figures.

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Talking about his government's development initiatives, he said that "we are not merely reforming India but are transforming India".

Following Wednesday's talks, India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime security and coastal surveillance.

Suu Kyi also thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

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After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said India shares concerns over the violence in the Rakhine state where there has been a loss of innocent lives of people and military personnel.

The Foreign Secretary also informed about the agreed Indian assistance to developmental activities in the crisis hit Rakhine State.

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

In terms of capacity building, New Delhi is assisting the eastern neighbour in setting up institutions of higher learning like the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology, Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education, Myanmar-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Myanmar-India Centre for English Language Training and India-Myanmar Industrial Training Centres.

Later in the day, Modi flew to Bagan and paid respects at the Ananda Temple there.

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Critics have slammed her alleged complicity in what they consider to be the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwestern Rakhine state. He had earlier come here in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India Summit.

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