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Jeannette Daniel
September 8, 2017

Accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar's of disgracing noble prize, AIP chief and MLA Lagate Er Rasheed Thursday ridiculed her claim that "Myanmar is facing the same situation what India is facing in Kashmir".

Prime Minister Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar comes at a time when the Myanmarese government is facing worldwide pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya refugees that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar's military crackdown in the Rakhine state.

"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.

She said that together India and Myanmar can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on their soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

Following Wednesday's talks, India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime security and coastal surveillance.

"The issue [Rohingya Muslims] is one of the biggest challenges Myanmar has to face, because you know that the situation in Rakhine has been hard for many decades and infact it goes right back to pre-colonial times", Suu Kyi told ANI.

India has also provided humanitarian relief following natural calamities like Cyclone Mora this year, Komen in 2015 and Nargis in 2008 and an quake in Shan state in 2010.

Ahead of his visit, Modi had said India and Myanmar were looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture. "They also kept in touch with their roots".

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The Union Home Ministry also sought a report from the Karnataka government over the incident. He also said anyone speaking against the BJP was being silenced.

■ It is important to maintain security and stability along the long land and maritime borders of India and Myanmar: PM Modi.

-PM @narendramodi: We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our "Sabka saath sabka vikaas" initiative.

He appreciated India's Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First Policy, saying that these policies have helped tighten the friendship and expand the dialogue partnership between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Critics have slammed her alleged complicity in what they consider to be the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwestern Rakhine state.

Suu Kyi also thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

Modi reached Nay Pyi Tau on Tuesday on what is his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Later on Wednesday, the Prime Minister will also visit Bagan, a heritage city where the Archaeological Survey of India is involved in restoration work of a temple and some historical structures, and Yangon where he will interact with members of the Indian community.

Modi arrived here on the second leg of his two-nation trip after he travelled to the southeastern Chinese city Xiamen where he attended the annual BRICS Summit.

Other reports by My Hot News

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