PM Modi presents special gift to Myanmar State Counsellor Suu Kyi

India-Myanmar Ties: Of Shared History & Contemporary Conflicts

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her Government is protecting everyone in Rakhine state and that "terrorists" were behind an "iceberg of misinformation" about the Rohingya crisis. "We are partners in your concerns, over the loss of lives of security forces and innocent people due to the extremist violence in Rakhine State", PM Modi said.

■ Your (Aung San Suu Kyi) courageous leadership to the Myanmar peace process needs to be lauded: PM Modi.

Modi announced free visas for Myanmar nationals keen to visit India, standing next to Suu Kyi - the country's State Counsellor and de-facto leader - in Nay Pyi Taw, at a time his administration has declared plans to deport 40,000 illegal Rohingya refugees now in India. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India past year.

Highlighting that Prime Minister Modi will visit several places of cultural and historical interest, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred and famous Buddhist site in Myanmar.

Myanmar condemned the recent terror attacks during the Amarnath Yatra in India as also various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders.

Aung San Suu Kyi has also come under under pressure from countries with Muslim populations. The government has said it would deport all Rohingyas living in India illegally but the Supreme Court has said that it will hear on September 11 a plea seeking a direction to the central government not to deport about 40,000 such refugees back to 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.

The Prime Minister announced gratis visas for all Myanmar nationals keen to visit India. Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

"Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made the clarion call of "Give me blood and I will give you freedom" in Myanmar and thousands of men and women responded", Modi said while addressing the Indian diaspora here.

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