India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

Toni Houston
September 7, 2017

The prime minister's visit to Myanmar comes close on the heels of a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. It is his first bilateral visit to the country; it is a very important neighboring country.

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.

Naming Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore and Bahadur Shah Zafar, he said Myanmar had become the "second home" for those who had to leave their own homes during the freedom struggle.

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

Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over into Bangladesh - where they are sparingly given refugee status - to escape from the violence in Rakhine state.

The heads of the Senate and National Assembly standing committees for human rights have demanded that the PM rescind a presidential medal given to Aung San Suu Kyi - the head of Myanmar's ruling party and the de facto leader of the country - due to her failure to control or even condemn the genocide in her country. "We share your concerns on the extremist violence in Rakhine province and especially the death of security personnel and the loss of innocent lives".


- India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen maritime security cooperation.

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

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar".

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

In the health care sector, the Foreign Secretary said India has upgraded three hospitals in Myanmar, including in Yangon and Sittwe. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces.

Before heading for Myanmar, Prime Minister Modi visited China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.

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