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Indian PM says shares Myanmar's concerns over Rakhine violence

Indian PM says shares Myanmar's concerns over Rakhine violence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived New Delhi after concluding his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Modi spoke after talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit aimed at expanding commercial ties as part of its "Act East" policy and push back against Chinese influence.

Modi's first bilateral visit here comes at a time when the Myanmarese government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi is facing global pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya Muslims that have poured into Bangladesh in just two weeks after Myanmar's military launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday suggested the setting up of a memorial to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA) in Myanmar.

■ The prime minister's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over into Bangladesh and India to escape from the persecution in Rakhine. A total of 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) have been signed between the two governments that entail an array of subjects such as maritime security cooperation, press relations between the two countries and cooperation between the Election Commission and Union Election of Myanmar.

Prior to their departure, Indian officials made it clear that Modi is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

India has also provided humanitarian relief following natural calamities like Cyclone Mora this year, Komen in 2015 and Nargis in 2008 and an quake in Shan state in 2010. He added that it is important for both the nations to work together as they both share similar security concerns.

Suu Kyi also thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

"There are so many areas that India has been helping us since our government came to power", Suu Kyi said.

The project is created to link Sittwe port in Myanmar, which India helped develop, with the the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. PM Modi also assured the citizens of Myanmar that visas will be granted to all those who wish to visit India.

He appreciated the role of the Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.

Later in the day, Modi flew to Bagan and paid respects at the Ananda Temple there.

Modi reached Nay Pyi Tau on Tuesday on what is his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

The Prime Minister is on the second leg of his two-nation trip during which he travelled to southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS summit and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.

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