PM Modi shares Myanmar's concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine

Ellen Mills
September 7, 2017

In a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the two sides called on the worldwide community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism.

Prime Minister Modi also announced gratis visas for people of Myanmar and promised to release the 40 Myanmarese citizens, lodged in Indian jails.

Naming Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore and Bahadur Shah Zafar, he said Myanmar had become the "second home" for those who had to leave their own homes during the freedom struggle. The two sides also signed an agreement for sharing white shipping information to improve data sharing on non-classified merchant navy ships or cargo ships.

Asserting that India's relationship with Myanmar has always had a very long development cooperation component; High Commissioner Misri said both countries will review all projects that India is working on.

Highlighting that Prime Minister Modi will visit several places of cultural and historical interest, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred and famous Buddhist site in Myanmar.

In the health care sector, the Foreign Secretary said India has upgraded three hospitals in Myanmar, including in Yangon and Sittwe. "We share your concerns on the extremist violence in Rakhine province and especially the death of security personnel and the loss of innocent lives".

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar".

"The prime minister and leaders will discuss more importantly how India can play a role what kind of contribution India can make", he said. The Prime Minister had in the meantime visited every other neighbour - except the politically unstable Maldives - for bilateral meetings. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces.

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

She also mentioned images of killings posted on Twitter by Turkey's deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, which he later deleted because they were not from Myanmar.

Before heading for Myanmar, Prime Minister Modi visited China to attend the ninth BRICS Summit, wherein he held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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