Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.
“Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations,” PMO said in a tweet.
“Meeting a valued friend. Prime Minister Modi with the State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The prime minister’s visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.
He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.
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Here are the live updates:
Myanmar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Bagan; He will be visiting Ananda Temple shortly pic.twitter.com/1GPthpzyhU— ANI (@ANI) September 6, 2017
# 10:50 AM: We hope that all stakeholders together can find a way out in which unity & territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected. At the same time we can have peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all: PM Narendra Modi
# 10:49 AM: We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state & violence against security forces & how innocent lives have been affected: PM Modi
# 10:47 AM: Citizens of Myanmar who wish to visit India will be given gratis visas, and 40 Myanmarese citizens in Indian jails will be released: PM Modi
# 10:40 AM: Being neigbours, we have similar security concerns. Important for us to work together: PM Modi in Myanmar
# 10:40 AM: Your brave leadership of Myanmar peace process is commendable, we understand your challenges: PM Modi to Aung San Suu Kyi
# 10:37 AM: The way I have been welcomed in country prompted me to feel like I am at home, says PM Modi
PM Modi and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi witness exchange of agreements between India and Myanmar pic.twitter.com/hiancNyLlN— ANI (@ANI) September 6, 2017
#10:20 AM: PM Modi addresses delegation level talks in Nay Pyi Taw
-PM @narendramodi : Deepening relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of 'Act East Policy'.
-PM @narendramodi : We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our 'Sabka saath sabka vikaas' initiative.
The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country and has been considering deporting them. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.
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.
On Tuesday, PM Modi said he had a “wonderful meeting” with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw during which they discussed steps to deepen the “historical relationship” between the two neighbours.
Modi called on President Kyaw soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.
“Had a wonderful meeting with President U Htin Kyaw,” Modi tweeted along with some pictures of the meeting.
He also presented the Myanmar president a reproduction of a 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween (that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea) and a sculpture of the Bodhi tree.
Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on the final leg of his two-nation visit after attending the BRICS Summit in China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on a two-day visit to Myanmar visit on Tuesday.
The highlights of his maiden visit to India's eastern neighbour will include an address to the Indian diaspora in a massive indoor stadium and meeting with Myanmar leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
On Wednesday, the PM will be meeting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi followed by Delegation talks and press statements. Suu Kyi will be hosting a lunch for PM Modi before he leaves for Yangon.
The PM will also visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Aung Sang museum and the Martyrs Mausoleum in Yangon.
The 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. In 1946, General Aung Sang is said to have addressed a meeting here to demand independence from the British while his daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, is said to have addressed another big meeting here in 1988 demanding democracy from the military regime.
The Aung Sang museum is dedicated to General Aung Sang, which was also his residence.
PM Modi will also visit the Martyrs Mausoleum here which contains remains of Aung Sang after his assassination in 1947.
In Bagan city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the 1105 AD Ananda Temple which is another prominent Buddhist shrine in Myanmar.
The prime minister will address the Indian community in Myanmar at Yangon’s Thuwanna Indoor Stadium.