Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Modi stands by Suu Kyi

Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations All Stakeholders Must Work To Preserve Myanmar's Unity: PM Narendra Modi
Carol Daniels | 07 September, 2017, 02:00

"We fully understand the challenges you are going through", Modi said, praising Suu Kyi's "brave leadership" of Myanmar's peace process.

They also called for setting up a special fund to help the Rohingya seeking refuge in Bangladesh, suspending diplomatic relations with Myanmar, boycotting Myanmarese goods, and to contact the OIC and the United Nations to find an immediate solution to the problem.

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar".

He said he was sure that if the government appeals for funds for Rohingya Muslims, they will collect tens of millions of dollars within days.

Suu Kyi made the comments during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is his first bilateral visit to the country; it is a very important neighboring country. The Prime Minister had in the meantime visited every other neighbour - except the politically unstable Maldives - for bilateral meetings.

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.

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

# India is seen as a thought leader on the global stage. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months, the statement added.

Highlighting that Prime Minister Modi will visit several places of cultural and historical interest, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred and famous Buddhist site in Myanmar. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces.

She also mentioned images of killings posted on Twitter by Turkey's deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, which he later deleted because they were not from Myanmar.

India and Myanmar were also looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture, Modi had said ahead of his visit. 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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