India offers development assistance to Myanmar's Rakhine

Francis Osborne
September 7, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day state visit to Myanmar, said on Wednesday that India is concerned about the "extremist violence" against security forces in Rakhine state.

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. PM Modi also assured the citizens of Myanmar that visas will be granted to all those who wish to visit India.

Suu Kyi made the comments during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. China wields influence with several of the militant groups that Suu Kyi has tried to bring to a dialogue with the government - giving it leverage in Myanmar's peace process that India can't match.

While she has previously acknowledged problems in Rakhine state, she has denied the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas, the BBC said.

■ We want all stake holders to work towards preserving Myanmar's unity and territorial integrity: PM after talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The MoU was signed by Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India, and U Aung Hla Tun, First Vice-Chairman, Myanmar Press Council, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. Over 40,000 Rohingyas are believed to be staying illegally within India.

The research proposal was titled "The Growth and Development of Burmese and Indian Intellectual Traditions Under Colonialism: A Comparative Study". In the meeting, the two leaders discussed ways to deepen India and Myanmar's "historical relationship".

Today, Modi focused on the need for the two countries to cooperate more deeply in securing their long and porous border - an emphasis Suu Kyi shared when she spoke.

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. "We hope they will soon be reunited with their families in Myanmar", Modi said.

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