India signs 8 MoUs with Myanmar

PM Modi addressing Indian diaspora in Yangon

Prime Minister Modi also lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in helping people in distress, and being sensitive to the concerns of every Indian in any part of the world. In 1946, General Aung Sang is said to have addressed a meeting here to demand independence from the British while his daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, is said to have addressed another big meeting here in 1988 demanding democracy from the military regime.

"The issue [Rohingya Muslims] is one of the biggest challenges Myanmar has to face, because you know that the situation in Rakhine has been hard for many decades and infact it goes right back to pre-colonial times", Suu Kyi told ANI.

■ Read full text of Prime Minister's statement during the joint media briefing with State Councillor of Myanmar in Naypyidaw.

India and Myanmar have agreed that terrorism remains one of the major threats to peace and stability in the region.

Following Wednesday's talks, India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime security and coastal surveillance.

India has also provided humanitarian relief following natural calamities like Cyclone Mora this year, Komen in 2015 and Nargis in 2008 and an quake in Shan state in 2010. "They also kept in touch with their roots".

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The Prime Minister signed the guest book at the Shwedagon Pagoda.

"Whether it be the very important peace process or resolving any other special issues, we hope that all the stake holders together can find a way out in which the unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected and at the same time, we can have peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all", he said. He said India shares Myanmar's concerns over "extremist violence" in the Rakhine state, especially the loss of innocent lives of the people and the security personnel.

The project is created to link Sittwe port in Myanmar, which India helped develop, with the the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

India is seen as a thought leader on the global stage, PM Modi said.

He appreciated India's Act East Policy and Neighbourhood First Policy, saying that these policies have helped tighten the friendship and expand the dialogue partnership between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Modi was welcomed by President Htin Kyaw.

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Modi's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence concerning Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

Prior to their departure, Indian officials made it clear that Modi is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

Suu Kyi said, "We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir".

The Prime Minister said that all Myanmar citizens wishing to travel to India will get gratis visas.

The Prime Minister also said that future Indian projects would be in line with Myanmar's needs and priorities.

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