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Modi, San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, may discuss exodus of Rohingyas

PTI
Published Sep 6, 2017, 9:48 am IST
Updated Sep 6, 2017, 1:31 pm IST
PM's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.
During his meeting with Myanmar's state Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries. (Photo: Twiter| @MEAIndia)
 During his meeting with Myanmar's state Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries. (Photo: Twiter| @MEAIndia)

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders are expected to discuss wide-ranging topics.

"Meeting a valued friend. PM @narendramodi 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.

Read: Myanmar's Suu Kyi under pressure as 125,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

 

Read: Rohingyas are illegal immigrants, will be deported, don't preach India: Rijiju

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.

Read: Centre mum on Rohingya deportation; SC seeks government stand

Modi arrived Myanmar on the second leg of his two-nation trip during which he travelled to southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS summit and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.

 

This is Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.

The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India in 2016. 

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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Location: Myanmar, Rakhine




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