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Modi stands by Suu Kyi

07 September 2017

The Press Council of India and its counterpart in Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of media during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. "We are partners in your concerns, over the loss of lives of security forces and innocent people due to the extremist violence in Rakhine State", PM Modi said.

India and Myanmar agreed that terrorism remains one of the most significant threats to peace and stability in the region and the fight against the menace should also include strong measures against countries and entities who finance and provide sanctuary to terrorists. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India past year.

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

Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit.

Suu Kyi has visited China twice since she took office and has publicly spoken of her camaraderie with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government has lavished loans and investments on Myanmar.

The Myanmar visit marks PM Modi's first bilateral visit to the neighbouring country.

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The Myanmar leader added, "The respective fathers of our Independence movement were close to each other and I think this closeness has been maintained throughout the seven decades and we truly believe that this will continue to be maintained in the years to come".

India too has invested heavily in connectivity projects through Myanmar - such as the Kaladan multi-modal project that involves developing a port, an inland waterways terminal and a road.

He wasn't talking of Rohingya refugees - but of 40 Myanmar prisoners who are now in Indian jails and who Modi's government has made a decision to release as a goodwill gesture.

The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them.

India also faces the problem of Rohingyas fleeing into the states bordering Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India summit. "We hope they will soon be reunited with their families in Myanmar", Modi said.

Modi stands by Suu Kyi