'Fake information' creating problems in Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, says Suu Kyi

PM Narendra Modi and Myanmar: In search of new opportunities

In a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the two sides called on the global community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism. 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.

The Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw and Suu Kyi had visited India past year.

Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's northwestern Rakhine state has sent almost 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days.

On its part, India condemned the recent terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives.

Today, he met Suu Kyi - who effectively heads the government though she can't legally because of a constitutional provision - for talks that were critical for India to try and reassert New Delhi's commitment to the relationship, officials said. India is building a trilateral highway passing through Myanmar to Thailand - which the three nations hope to then extend to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

On Wednesday, Modi tried to demonstrate his thoughtfulness to Suu Kyi, gifting the Myanmar leader a copy of a research proposal she had submitted to the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla in 1986, when she was a student.

More than 123,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in two weeks.

"We have a very large development cooperation footprint in this country which is 1.75 billion dollars, number of projects are being done under that and we will review all those projects, may have been completed others on the way for completion", Misri told ANI.

■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He noted that peace and stability in Myanmar are of the highest priority to India and reiterated India's continued support to Myanmar in consolidating democratic institutions in the country and for the emergence of a democratic Federal Republic, the statement said. Wherever there are concerns, we highlight them.



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