Modi proposes INA memorial in Myanmar

07 September, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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"I would particularly draw attention to the fact that we have discussed committing Indian assistance to the Rakhine state development programme because we really believe that the medium term way of addressing problems in the Rakhine area is really to look at developmental aspect", Jaishankar said while briefing media persons following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi here earlier in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India shared Myanmar's concerns over the violence in its Rakhine state and said all parties must respect Myanmar's unity as a nation.

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.

Though both Suu Kyi and Htin Kyaw have visited India since their government came to power in Myanmar early past year, Modi - who has made India's neighbourhood his diplomatic priority - had till now only visited the country for a multilateral summit.

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.

Some Western critics have suggested the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy be revoked.

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He said he was sure that if the government appeals for funds for Rohingya Muslims, they will collect tens of millions of dollars within days.

In the health care sector, the Foreign Secretary said India has upgraded three hospitals in Myanmar, including in Yangon and Sittwe.

India too has invested heavily in connectivity projects through Myanmar - such as the Kaladan multi-modal project that involves developing a port, an inland waterways terminal and a road.

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar". Several other agreements were also signed between the two countries. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces. "We hope they will soon be reunited with their families in Myanmar", Modi said.

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