India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

Posted September 07, 2017

India said on Wednesday that it shares Myanmar's concerns over "extremist violence" in the Rakhine state from where 1,25,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the country's unity.

State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi said, "There are many areas in which we can cooperate".

In a statement after talks with Myanmar's de facto chief Suu Kyi, PM Modi said India understands the problems being faced by Myanmar. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India a year ago.

- India and Myanmar also signed agreements on cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and Press Council of India, extension of agreement on the establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT skill.

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

Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

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On its part, India condemned the recent terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian diaspora in Myanmar's Yangon city.

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.

The two leaders discussed the security situation prevailing along their borders and expressed concern at various incidents of terrorism and extremist-inspired violence that have taken place in their countries.

■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. "We hope they will soon be reunited with their families in Myanmar", Modi said. He had earlier come here in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India Summit.