Narendra Modi arrives in Myanmar for first bilateral visit

Aung San Suu Kyi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.

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

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Election Commission of India and Union Election of Myanmar.

"Myanmar reaffirmed its respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and steadfastly upheld the policy of not allowing any insurgent group to utilise Myanmar's soil to undertake hostile acts against the Indian government", it stated, adding that Myanmar also appreciated India for upholding the same principle.

■ Your (Aung San Suu Kyi) courageous leadership to the Myanmar peace process needs to be lauded: PM Modi. He also presented the Myanmar president a reproduction of a 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween (that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea) and a sculpture of the Bodhi tree.

Though both Suu Kyi and Htin Kyaw have visited India since their government came to power in Myanmar early a year ago, Modi - who has made India's neighbourhood his diplomatic priority - had till now only visited the country for a multilateral summit.

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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".

India has in the past helped provide humanitarian assistance in refugee camps set up in Rakhine province following earlier clashes - always carefully ensuring that its aid reached both the Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities.

They also agreed to foster mutually beneficial and deeper defence cooperation between the two countries. In the statement, he said India shares Myanmar's concerns over "extremist violence" in the Rakhine state, especially the loss of innocent lives. Then, he declared that some Myanmar nationals would be returning to their homeland from India.

Mr. Modi had said India and Myanmar will look at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture.

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