Modi in Myanmar: PM Narendra Modi who is on a two-day Myanmar trip met the State Counsellor State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, on Wednesday.
Modi in Myanmar: PM Narendra Modi who is on a two-day Myanmar trip met the State Counsellor State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, on Wednesday. Modi presented Suu Kyi with a reproduction of proposal she submitted for a fellowship at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1986. Suu Kyi has had a long association with India starting form her days as a student and PM Modi’s gift would surely go down as a touching gift that will be much appreciated. Suu Kyi stuied in Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University with a degree in politics in 1964.
During the meet, the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations. The prime minister’s visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. There was an exchange of key agreements between India and Myanmar. Notably, 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. Moreover, while addressing the visa issue, Modi said citizens of Myanmar who wish to visit India will be given gratis (free of charge) visas.
Apart from this, he also said that 40 Myanmarese citizens in Indian jails will be released. While talking on the Rohingya immigrants problem, PM Modi has said that India’s share Mayanmar’s concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces. The Prime Minister also underlined on how innocent lives have been affected.
“We hope that all stakeholders together can find a way out in which unity territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected,” PM Modi said. Being neighbours, India and Myanmar have similar security concerns, PM Modi said, adding “important for us to work together”.
This is Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.