India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

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In a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the two sides called on the worldwide community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism. He added that it is important for both the nations to work together as they both share similar security concerns.

"Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations", PMO said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Modi also announced gratis visas for people of Myanmar and promised to release the 40 Myanmarese citizens, lodged in Indian jails.

Though both Suu Kyi and Htin Kyaw have visited India since their government came to power in Myanmar early a year ago, Modi - who has made India's neighbourhood his diplomatic priority - had till now only visited the country for a multilateral summit. China wields influence with several of the militant groups that Suu Kyi has tried to bring to a dialogue with the government - giving it leverage in Myanmar's peace process that India can't match.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine province following clashes with Buddhists and counter-terrorism operations by Myanmar's security forces.

The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them.




■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Underlining the importance of maritime security, the Prime Minister said, "Myanmar and India, being neighbours, our outlook and focus on security are similar".

"Last year, unfortunately, there was an quake in Myanmar which also hit Bagan and 400 historical structures were badly damaged and the Government of Myanmar, therefore, requested the Government of India to ask for the services of the ASI in restoring these historical structures".

He wasn't talking of Rohingya refugees - but of 40 Myanmar prisoners who are now in Indian jails and who Modi's government has made a decision to release as a goodwill gesture. The Prime Minister had visited the country back in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.

Modi arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit on his first bilateral trip to Myanmar.

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