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India signs 11 agreements with Myanmar to bolster ties

08 September 2017

"Prime Minister agreed that we would open two more Industrial Training Centers in the near future in Myanmar", said Jaishankar.

Critics have slammed her alleged complicity in what they consider to be the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwestern Rakhine state.

"We would like to thank India for the strong stand that it has taken with regard to the terrorist threat that came to our country", said Aung San Suu Kyi, to which Prime Minister Modi responded that "India completely understands the challenges".

She said that together India and Myanmar can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on their soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries. He added that it is important for both the nations to work together as they both share similar security concerns.

Appreciating India's development partnership with Myanmar in the areas of health, education and research, he said: "In this connection, the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology and Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research deserve special mention".

■ The prime minister's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

Bearing in mind that Aung San Suu Kyi "appears to be deaf and has done nothing to protect her citizens", petition signatories "demand the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee confiscate or take back the Nobel Peace Prize" awarded to her.

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The projects include the Kaladan Multimodal Transport Project connecting Sittwe port in Myanmar with the Northeast Indian State of Mizoram, a trilateral highway connecting Northeastern India with Myanmar and Thailand, and the Rhi-Tiddim road. He said that India has made a decision to grant gratis (no-cost) visa to Myanmarese citizens who wish to visit the country.

"We are not merely reforming India but are transforming India".

■ PM Narendra Modi: We would like to contribute to Myanmar's development efforts as part of our "Sabka saath sabka vikaas" initiative.

He said deepening the relationship with Myanmar was a priority for India, as a neighbour and also in the context of the "Act East Policy".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached in Nay Pyi Taw on a two day visit to Myanmar visit on Tuesday.

Later on Wednesday, the Prime Minister will also visit Bagan, a heritage city where the Archaeological Survey of India is involved in restoration work of a temple and some historical structures, and Yangon where he will interact with members of the Indian community.

The Prime Minister is 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.

India signs 11 agreements with Myanmar to bolster ties