Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Indian PM says shares Myanmar's concerns over Rakhine violence

Aung San Suu Kyi PM Narendra Modi Myanmar Visit LIVE: In Promise Of 'Act East', PM Begins Burma Visit
Steve Phelps | 08 September, 2017, 00:37

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders are expected to discuss wide-ranging topics.

- The MoUs include one between the Election Commission and Union Election of Myanmar, the national level electoral commission of Myanmar.

She said that together India and Myanmar can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on their soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries.

"Whether it be the very important peace process or resolving any other special issues, we hope that all the stake holders together can find a way out in which the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected and at the same time, we can have peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all", he said. In her first comments since Rohingya militant attacks sparked unrest on 25 August, Suu Kyi said fake news was "calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities" and to promote "the interest of the terrorists".

Ms Suu Kyi, in her remarks, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

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.

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

"Meeting a valued friend". Even planted a Bodhi tree sapling at the pagoda complex describing the common cultural heritage.

"To meet the needs of Upper Myanmar, trucks have started transporting high speed diesel from India", Modi said.

"A commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has recommended economic development and social justice to counter the deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Rakhine state", she added. Further in his speech, PM Modi said, "The history of India's freedom movement can not be complete without thanking Manyamar".

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the reverred Shwedagon Pagoda and Kali Bari Temple in Yangon and offered prayers.

Modi, in his statement, stressed on scaling up security cooperation, saying that being neighbours, the two countries have similar security concerns.

Estimates vary between 1.5 million and 2.5 million about the number of people of Indian origin living in Myanmar.

In addition to these agreements, the initiative of building a hospital in Nay Payi Taw has been introduced in Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi began his tour on Sunday (September 3) and attended the plenary session of the ninth BRICS summit in China's Xiamen, where he called for a greater cooperation between the BRICS member-nations for ensuring global stability and peace.

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