Modi meets Suu Kyi

Kristen Gonzales
September 7, 2017

In his statement, Modi lauded Aung San Suu Kyi's courageous leadership to the Myanmar peace process.

More than 123,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in two weeks.

National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Babar Nawaz Khan told Express that meetings with diplomats were continuing regarding the Myanmar government's atrocities against its Muslims minority.

Indian High Commissioner to Myanmar Vikram Misri said Tuesday that India has security concerns with Myanmar on the border that separates both countries, but the two sides have good cooperation in resolving such issues.

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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Suu Kyi made the comments in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Efe news quoted her office as saying.

- The two countries also signed agreement to cooperate in "Medical Products Regulation" and in the field of health and medicine.

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar". Ahead of his visit, Modi had said India and Myanmar were looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India summit.

Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over into Bangladesh - where they are sparingly given refugee status - to escape from the violence in Rakhine state.

"Last year, unfortunately, there was an quake in Myanmar which also hit Bagan and 400 historical structures were badly damaged and the Government of Myanmar, therefore, requested the Government of India to ask for the services of the ASI in restoring these historical structures". 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.

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