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India shares Myanmar's concern over 'extremist violence': PM Modi

Indian PM called for joint measures to root out terror from both nations

Press Trust of India  |  Nay Pyi Taw 

Narendra Modi, Modi, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, India, Myanmar
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, applaud during the ceremony of their Memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

said on Wednesday that it shares Myanmar's concerns over the "extremist violence" in the Rakhine state and urged all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country's unity, as Prime Minister held talks with State Counsellor

The two leaders also vowed to combat and boost security cooperation with emphasising that it was important to maintain stability along the long land and maritime borders of the two countries.

Modi's first bilateral visit in Myanmar comes at a time when the Myanmarese government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi is facing international pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar's military launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state.

Modi, in his joint press statement with Suu Kyi after the talks, said understands the problems being faced by Myanmar.

He said shares Myanmar's concerns over the "extremist violence" in the Rakhine state, especially the loss of innocent lives of the people and the military personnel.

"When it comes to a big peace process or finding a solution to a problem, we hope that all stakeholders can work together towards finding a solution which respects the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar," said.

At the same time, the solution can bring about peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all, he said.

After Modi-Suu Kyi talks, 11 agreements were signed between the two sides in areas like maritime security, strengthening democratic institutions in Myanmar, health and information technology.

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

Taking a strong stance on terror, Suu Kyi said, "Together we will ensure that is not allowed to take roots on our soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries."

Suu Kyi also thanked for taking a strong stand on the threat that Myanmar faced recently.

Rohingya militants raided police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state last month, killing 12 security personnel.

also asserted that stands by Myanmar amid the challenges the country is facing.

He said that has decided to grant gratis (no-cost) visa to Myanmarese citizens who wish to visit the country.

"We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our 'Sabka saath sabka vikaas' initiative," said.

He also lauded Suu Kyi's leadership in Myanmar's peace process.

The meeting between 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 was being fuelled by "a huge iceberg of misinformation".

Sympathy for the Rohingya was being generated by "a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists", Suu Kyi was quoted by an official statement as telling Erdogan in a call.

Suu Kyi has come under fire in recent days for failing to speak out against violence targeting Rohingyas, particularly given her previous image as a champion of human rights.

Hundreds have died since Rohingya militants raided police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also called for the Muslims of Rakhine state to be given either nationality or legal status, and voiced concern about violence that has since late August forced nearly 125,000 people to flee and risk destabilising the region.

arrived here on the second leg of his two-nation trip after he travelled to the southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS Summit.

Yesterday, called on Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw, describing it as a "wonderful meeting".

They had discussed steps to deepen the "historical relationship" between the two neighbours.

This is Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-Summit.

The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited last year.

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.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 16:18 IST
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