India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

Narendra Modi to discuss Rohingya issue on Myanmar trip

"Delighted to visit Myanmar's cultural landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda", prime minister Modi tweeted.

PM Modi and Ms Suu Kyi held talks and discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.

Critics have slammed her alleged complicity in what they consider to be the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwestern Rakhine state.

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.

■ Together we can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on our soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries: Suu Kyi.

"We (India and Myanmar) can together do a survey for an INA memorial here", he stated to much applause from the gathering.

The Foreign Secretary also informed about the agreed Indian assistance to developmental activities in the crisis hit Rakhine State. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

India on Wednesday shared its concerns with Myanmar over the situation in the country's Rakhine state where the army has launched a crackdown on the Rohingyas, triggering a mass exodus.

The projects include the Kaladan Multimodal Transport Project connecting Sittwe port in Myanmar with the Northeast Indian State of Mizoram, a trilateral highway connecting Northeastern India with Myanmar and Thailand, and the Rhi-Tiddim road.

The meeting between Modi and Suu Kyi came on a day she was quoted as telling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that global outrage over Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslims was being fuelled by "a huge iceberg of misinformation". "They also kept in touch with their roots".

The Prime Minister said that all Myanmar citizens wishing to travel to India will get gratis visas.

Ms Suu Kyi, in her remarks, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

India has additionally promised the Burmese government of it's intention to open two Industrial Training Centers to aid developmental activity in Myanmar. When I am travelling, I make it a point to interact with the Indian diaspora, PM Modi said adding that the Indian diaspora has contributed to the development of wherever they have settled.

"I believe the democratic experience of India is relevant for Myanmar and that is why we are proud of our massive support in the capacity building of the executive, legislature, election commission and press council and other institutions in Myanmar", Modi said.

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

Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on the final leg of his two-nation visit after attending the BRICS Summit in China.

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