PM Modi shares Myanmar's concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine

LIVE | PM Modi on maiden visit to Myanmar to address Indian diaspora in Yangoon

"We share your concerns on the extremist violence in Rakhine province and especially the death of security personnel and the loss of innocent lives".

On his first bilateral visit to the eastern neighbour to cement ties and counter the Chinese influence in the region, PM Modi and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi also vowed to combat terror and boost security cooperation. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months, the statement added.

While she has previously acknowledged problems in Rakhine state, she has denied the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas, the BBC said.

Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit.

■ We want all stake holders to work towards preserving Myanmar's unity and territorial integrity: PM after talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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"Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made the clarion call of "Give me blood and I will give you freedom" in Myanmar and thousands of men and women responded", Modi said while addressing the Indian diaspora here.

Underlining the importance of maritime security, the Prime Minister said, "Myanmar and India, being neighbours, our outlook and focus on security are similar". India is building a trilateral highway passing through Myanmar to Thailand - which the three nations hope to then extend to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Nasreen Jalil told Express that the genocide of Rohinya Muslims has intensified in recent days and Pakistan should end trade with Myanmar in response, taking a cue from the Maldives, which has already done so.

Today, Modi focused on the need for the two countries to cooperate more deeply in securing their long and porous border - an emphasis Suu Kyi shared when she spoke. Wherever there are concerns, we highlight them.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi presented a reproduction of an 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween and a sculpture of Bodhi tree to President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw.

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