Modi stands by Suu Kyi

Posted September 07, 2017

"Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations", PMO said in a tweet. Rohingya genocide in Myanmar: Does India have responsibility towards refugees?

National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Babar Nawaz Khan told Express that meetings with diplomats were continuing regarding the Myanmar government's atrocities against its Muslims minority.

"We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected", PM Modi said in a joint statement with Suu Kyi at Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India. India estimates almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have already made India their home over the last five years and has announced plans to deport the illegal immigrants back to Myanmar.

PM Modi hoped that all stakeholders were able to work together to find a solution irrespective of the size of a problem that would ensure peace, justice and dignity for all and respect Myanmar's territorial integrity.

- India and Myanmar also signed agreements on cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and Press Council of India, extension of agreement on the establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT skill.

Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's northwestern Rakhine state has sent almost 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days.

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

Prime Minister Modi will also pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's Yangon.

She also mentioned images of killings posted on Twitter by Turkey's deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, which he later deleted because they were not from Myanmar.

Modi arrived here 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.