PM Modi presents special gifts to Myanmar President

Marsha Scott
September 7, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day state visit to Myanmar, said on Wednesday that India is concerned about the "extremist violence" against security forces in Rakhine state. "We are partners in your concerns, over the loss of lives of security forces and innocent people due to the extremist violence in Rakhine State", PM Modi said.

The statement carried by the state media, said Suu Kyi told Erdogan that her government had "already started defending all the people in Rakhine in the best way possible".

PM Modi also assured the citizens of Myanmar that visas will be granted to all those who wish to visit India. Wherever there are concerns, we highlight them.

"We don't want any more migrants, North-East shouldn't be used for further shelter of anybody including Rohingya Muslims", he said, echoing what appears to be the policy of the NDA government for the rest of the country too. The Prime Minister had in the meantime visited every other neighbour - except the politically unstable Maldives - for bilateral meetings.

Some Western critics have suggested the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy be revoked.

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Modi's visit to Myanmar, a security partner to counter insurgents in the Northeast and a crucial connecting link to Southeast Asia, follows what senior officials have said was growing anxiety in New Delhi over a perceived tilt by Suu Kyi towards China. He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this is his first bilateral visit.

- India and Myanmar also signed agreements on cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and Press Council of India, extension of agreement on the establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT skill.

■ Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday presented Myanmar President Htin Kyaw a sculpture of Bodhi tree.

■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states, including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

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