Modi says India shares Myanmar's concern over 'extremist violence'

Tabitha Dunn
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.

Besides Modi, present at the event were Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Prime Minister Modi said India and Myanmar can together do a survey for an INA memorial here. India estimates almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have already made India their home over the last five years and has announced plans to deport the illegal immigrants back to Myanmar. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months, the statement added.

■ The prime minister's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

Listof MoUs/Agreements signed during State visit of Prime Minister to Myanmar.

Today, he met Suu Kyi - who effectively heads the government though she can't legally because of a constitutional provision - for talks that were critical for India to try and reassert New Delhi's commitment to the relationship, officials said.

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For several years now, India has steered clear of supporting the West's vocal criticism of human rights abuses in Myanmar - both under Modi and earlier, when the Congress was in power, and equally when the military junta ruled in the neighbouring nation and under Suu Kyi.

India too has invested heavily in connectivity projects through Myanmar - such as the Kaladan multi-modal project that involves developing a port, an inland waterways terminal and a road.

The research proposal was titled "The Growth and Development of Burmese and Indian Intellectual Traditions Under Colonialism: A Comparative Study". Çavuşoğlu also added that Turkish aid that was allowed to be delivered by Myanmar on September 5 might have already started to reach Rohingya Muslims.

The two leaders also vowed to combat terror and boost security cooperation.

The envoy added that the Prime Minister will also be visiting the Kali Temple, one of the oldest temples in Yangon, the mausoleum of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and also pay his respects at the martyrs mausoleum in Myanmar which is a mark of respect to founding father of this country, General Aung San. Wherever there are concerns, we highlight them.

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