India, Myanmar seek action against terror sponsoring states

Brandon Parsons
September 7, 2017

Asserting that India's relationship with Myanmar has always had a very long development cooperation component; High Commissioner Misri said both countries will review all projects that India is working on.

The two leaders also vowed to combat terror and boost security cooperation.

"Fake information" is being used to stoke tensions in the Rohingya crisis that has seen tens of thousands flee Myanmar in recent weeks, says Aung San Suu Kyi.

Modi announced free visas for Myanmar nationals keen to visit India, standing next to Suu Kyi - the country's State Counsellor and de-facto leader - in Nay Pyi Taw, at a time his administration has declared plans to deport 40,000 illegal Rohingya refugees now in India.

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.

Modi's visit to Myanmar, a security partner to counter insurgents in the Northeast and a crucial connecting link to Southeast Asia, follows what senior officials have said was growing anxiety in New Delhi over a perceived tilt by Suu Kyi towards China.

■ India stands with Myanmar over the issue of violence in the Rakhine state which has led to loss of innocent lives: PM Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India shared Myanmar's concerns over the violence in its Rakhine state and said all parties must respect Myanmar's unity as a nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian diaspora in Myanmar's Yangon city.

Modi spoke after talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit aimed at expanding commercial ties as part of its "Act East" policy and push back against Chinese influence.

Some Western critics have suggested the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy be revoked. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.

Underlining the importance of maritime security, the Prime Minister said, "Myanmar and India, being neighbours, our outlook and focus on security are similar". Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

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