Modi visits Shwedagon pagoda in Myanmar

WATERWAYS India will soon begin a scheme to connect the country’s major rivers and Sanjeev Balyan
WATERWAYS India will soon begin a scheme to connect the country’s major rivers and Sanjeev Balyan

08 September, 2017

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.

"Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations", PMO said in a tweet.

Modi, in his statement, stressed on scaling up security cooperation, saying that being neighbours, the two countries have similar security concerns.

Accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar's of disgracing noble prize, AIP chief and MLA Lagate Er Rasheed Thursday ridiculed her claim that "Myanmar is facing the same situation what India is facing in Kashmir".

"Together we will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots in our country, on our soil or in our neighbouring countries", she said, adding that peace and stability were most important for development.

"I feel that India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar and therefore, in Myanmar's executive, legislature, election commission and press council are institutions where we have comprehensive cooperation programmes in capacity building", he stated, adding that as neighbours, both countries' security interests were the same.

Modi also asserted that India stands by Myanmar amid the challenges the country is facing.

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".

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

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. They also kept in touch with their roots, he said.

■ India stands with Myanmar over the issue of violence in the Rakhine state which has led to loss of innocent lives: PM Modi.

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.

"Act East and Neighbourhood First Policy". 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. Prime Minister Modi performed "puja" at Kalibari Temple.

Modi was welcomed by President Htin Kyaw.

■ Modi arrived in Myanmar 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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