PM Modi announces gratis visa for Myanmar citizens, raises Rohingya issue in meeting with Suu Kyi

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
PM Narendra Modi meets Myanmar's State Counsellor...
Reported by: India TV News Desk Nay Pyi Taw September 06, 2017 15:50 IST

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.

He shared 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.

"We share your concerns about the extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been lost," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint address to the media along with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi following delegation-level talks between the two sides here.

"We hope that all stakeholders can together find a way out in which unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected," Modi said. "At the same time, we can have peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all." 

Suu Kyi is under mounting international pressure to stop the alleged human rights violations against the Rohingyas, who are denied citizenship in Myanmar.

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11:06 am: Together we can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on our soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries: Suu Kyi

11:05 am: Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi 

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10:39 am: Being neigbours, we have similar security concerns. Important for us to work together: PM Modi 

On Tuesday, PM Modi said both countries will review developments in bilateral ties with a focus on "extensive" programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance India is undertaking in Myanmar. 

PM Modi said he was looking forward to paying a visit to thefamed heritage city of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has done a "stellar work" in renovating the Ananda Temple.
 
The ASI will be undertaking further restoration work on a number of pagodas and murals that were damaged in an earthquake last year, he said. 

Modi had visited Myanmar in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India last year.

India seeks to boost economic ties with resource-rich Myanmar, with which it shares a 1,600-km (1,000-mile) border, to counter Chinese influence and step up connectivity with a country it considers its gateway to Southeast Asia. 

 
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