PM returns to New Delhi after completing China, Myanmar visit

PM Narendra Modi and Myanmar: In search of new opportunities

Modi called on President Kyaw soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.

Modi, who held wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, asserted that it was important to maintain the security and stability of the land and maritime boundaries of the two countries.

Prior to their departure, Indian officials made it clear that Modi is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

"Together both countries will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots in our country", de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said.

India has also provided humanitarian relief following natural calamities like Cyclone Mora this year, Komen in 2015 and Nargis in 2008 and an quake in Shan state in 2010.

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.

Rasheed said: "It is shameful and unfortunate that Aung San Suu Kyi who was seen as an icon for her constant fight to uphold democratic traditions and human rights has changed her colors so quickly and is justifying the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar".

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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Stating that people-to-people ties are the strength of India-Myanmar relations, he said that a road project connecting Manipur in northeastern India with Myanmar has been approved. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

The project is created to link Sittwe port in Myanmar, which India helped develop, with the the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

"We are not merely reforming India but are transforming India".

-PM @narendramodi: Deepening relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of "Act East Policy".

■ PM Narendra Modi: We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our "Sabka saath sabka vikaas" initiative.

Earlier today, PM Modi received a ceremonial welcome from Myanmar President Htin Kyaw before the two inspected the guard of honour in Naypyidaw. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India summit.

Later on Wednesday, the Prime Minister will also visit Bagan, a heritage city where the Archaeological Survey of India is involved in restoration work of a temple and some historical structures, and Yangon where he will interact with members of the Indian community.

Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping for bilateral talks on Tuesday, the last day of the BRICS summit.

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