All Stakeholders Must Work To Preserve Myanmar's Unity: PM Narendra Modi

Sep 08, 2017, 00:37
All Stakeholders Must Work To Preserve Myanmar's Unity: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in the national capital on Thursday noon, after concluding his two-nation tour of China and Myanmar.

"We would like to thank India for the strong stand that it has taken with regard to the terrorist threat that came to our country", said Aung San Suu Kyi, to which Prime Minister Modi responded that "India completely understands the challenges".

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

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.

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"I feel that India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar and therefore, in Myanmar's executive, legislature, election commission and press council are institutions where we have comprehensive cooperation programmes in capacity building", he stated, adding that as neighbours, both countries' security interests were the same.

Appreciating India's development partnership with Myanmar in the areas of health, education and research, he said: "In this connection, the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology and Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research deserve special mention".

Bearing in mind that Aung San Suu Kyi "appears to be deaf and has done nothing to protect her citizens", petition signatories "demand the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee confiscate or take back the Nobel Peace Prize" awarded to her.

"A commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has recommended economic development and social justice to counter the deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Rakhine state", she added. PM Modi also assured the citizens of Myanmar that visas will be granted to all those who wish to visit India.

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Talking about India's assistance to Myanmar, he said the work on the Paletwa Inland Waterways Terminal and Sittwe port under the Kaladan project has been completed. "A new India is being built", said the prime minister adding that an India free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, casteism is being created.

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

Geographically, Myanmar is the first stop for India's Act East policy.

In addition to these agreements, the initiative of building a hospital in Nay Payi Taw has been introduced in Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

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Later in the day, Modi flew to Bagan and paid respects at the Ananda Temple there. He had earlier to this country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India Summit.

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