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PM Modi arrives in New Delhi after two-nation tour

08 September 2017, 12:37 | Nellie George

PM Narendra Modi Myanmar Visit LIVE: In Promise Of 'Act East', PM Begins Burma Visit

PM Narendra Modi and Myanmar: In search of new opportunities

"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.

Modi also met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed wide-range of topics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday suggested the setting up of a memorial to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA) in Myanmar.

Some 125,00 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since violence intensified on August 25, according to the latest United Nations figures. Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over into Bangladesh and India to escape from the persecution in Rakhine.

Following Wednesday's talks, India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime security and coastal surveillance.

The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India a year ago.

Modi also asserted that India stands by Myanmar amid the challenges the country is facing.

Equating Rohingya Muslims issue in the Rakhine state with India's Kashmir issue, Myanmar's State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said there is a similarity between Rohingya and Kashmir issue.

Suu Kyi thanked Prime Minister for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced and assured India that 'terror would not be allowed to take roots in her country'.

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. "They also kept in touch with their roots".

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

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

"Act East and Neighbourhood First Policy".

Earlier, during the delegation-level talks, Modi said, "We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our "Sabka saath sabka vikaas" initiative".

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

Modi reached Nay Pyi Tau on Tuesday on what is his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi began his tour on Sunday (September 3) and attended the plenary session of the ninth BRICS summit in China's Xiamen, where he called for a greater cooperation between the BRICS member-nations for ensuring global stability and peace.

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