- India and Myanmar signed an MoU to strengthen maritime security cooperation.
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.
Former president Asif Zardari had awarded a presidential award for bravery to Aung San Suu Kyi, but her silence on the massacre is of great concern, he said, adding that the double standard of western nations is obvious. Over 40,000 Rohingyas are believed to be staying illegally within 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. It is his first bilateral visit to the country; it is a very important neighboring country.
He wasn't talking of Rohingya refugees - but of 40 Myanmar prisoners who are now in Indian jails and who Modi's government has chose to release as a goodwill gesture. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months, the statement added.
Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine province following clashes with Buddhists and counter-terrorism operations by Myanmar's security forces.
Prime Minister Modi also presented the country's President, U. Htin Kyaw, a reproduction of a 1841-map of a stretch of the River Salween (that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea) and a sculpture of the Bodhi tree.
In the health care sector, the Foreign Secretary said India has upgraded three hospitals in Myanmar, including in Yangon and Sittwe.
Suu Kyi was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in bringing democracy to Myanmar, but some have called for her Prize to be taken back.
He said, PM Modi will also pay a visit to the Aung San Museum which was the General's residence for a long period of time. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces.