Have always taken bold decisions aimed at people's welfare: PM Modi

Phillip Cunningham
September 8, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders are expected to discuss wide-ranging topics.

Myanmar has come under global pressure after almost 125,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

Modi called on President Kyaw soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.

"A commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has recommended economic development and social justice to counter the deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Rakhine state", she added.

"Together we will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots in our country, on our soil or in our neighbouring countries", she said, adding that peace and stability were most important for development.

Emphasising Myanmar's value in India's freedom struggle, Prime Minister Modi said that this is the sacred land from where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose gave the slogan of "give me blood and I will give you freedom".

- India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen maritime security cooperation.

The Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw and Suu Kyi had visited India previous year.

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.

India and Myanmar were also looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter- terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture, Modi had said ahead of his visit.

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.

-PM @narendramodi: Deepening relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of "Act East Policy".

The project is created to link Sittwe port in Myanmar, which India helped develop, with the the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

He appreciated the role of Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.

From Nay Pyi Taw, the Prime Minister went to the ancient city of Bagan where he visited the Ananda temple before coming to Yangon.

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

In addition to these agreements, the initiative of building a hospital in Nay Payi Taw has been introduced in Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

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