India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

Naypyidaw: India said today that it shares Myanmar's concerns over the violence in the Rakhine state and asked all stakeholders to preserve the country's unity and territorial integrity, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Elaborating on the difficulties her government is facing, Suu Kyi said, "We have to think about how to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people".

Modi's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence concerning Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

"There are so many areas that India has been helping us since our government came to power", Suu Kyi said.

He also spoke about an India free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, casteism that is being created.

■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Modi is now on a three-day visit to Myanmar.

He said in future also India would take up projects that will be according to the needs and priorities of Myanmar.

"Together both countries will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots in our country", de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said. Modi is also expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

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Prime Minister Modi also lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in helping people in distress, and being sensitive to the concerns of every Indian in any part of the world.

"People of India have the confidence that India can be transformed and we can break free from some of the evils that entered our system", he said.

Modi also said that India would issue gratis visas to all Myanmar citizens wishing to visit India and announced that 40 Myanmar nationals lodged in Indian jails would be released.

India has additionally promised the Burmese government of it's intention to open two Industrial Training Centers to aid developmental activity in Myanmar.

"I believe the democratic experience of India is relevant for Myanmar and that is why we are proud of our massive support in the capacity building of the executive, legislature, election commission and press council and other institutions in Myanmar", Modi said.

He appreciated the role of Indian diaspora in contributing towards to the development of wherever they have settled, adding that they also kept in touch with their roots.

Modi arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday and met Myanmar President Htin Kyaw.

"Act East and Neighbourhood First Policy". He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.

In Bagan city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the 1105 AD Ananda Temple which is another prominent Buddhist shrine in Myanmar.

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