Rohingyas, infra on PM's agenda for talks with Suu

Posted September 08, 2017

"Prime Minister Modi with the State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.The prime minister's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

India on Wednesday shared its concerns with Myanmar over the situation in the country's Rakhine state where the army has launched a crackdown on the Rohingyas, triggering a mass exodus.

The meeting between Modi and Suu Kyi came on a day she was quoted as telling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that global outrage over Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslims was being fuelled by "a huge iceberg of misinformation".

India has also provided humanitarian relief following natural calamities like Cyclone Mora this year, Komen in 2015 and Nargis in 2008 and an quake in Shan state in 2010.

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.

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On the last day, Prime Minister visited 2,500-years-old Shwedagon pagoda, considered to be the pinnacle of Myanmar's cultural heritage. They also kept in touch with their roots, he said.

Suu Kyi said, "We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir".

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 also visited Bogyoke Aung San Museum with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

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.

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Earlier, during the delegation-level talks, Modi said, "We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our "Sabka saath sabka vikaas" initiative".

The Prime Minister said that all Myanmar citizens wishing to travel to India will get gratis visas. "India is helping us a lot in capacity building".

Modi reached Nay Pyi Tau on Tuesday on what is his first bilateral visit to Myanmar. Modi is also expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

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■ Modi arrived in Myanmar 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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