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Myanmar: Modi meets State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi; discusses country relations

Myanmar: Modi meets State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi; discusses country relations

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

“Meeting a valued friend. Prime Minister Modi with the State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Modi visited Myanmar amid ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

While the Indian government is itself concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them Modi’s visit to Myanmar is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

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.

While Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India last year this is Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN India Summit.