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Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Highlights: PM Narendra Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Myanmar's Yangon

Highlights: PM Narendra Modi addresses Indian diaspora in Myanmar's Yangon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday refused to join the chorus of criticism of the Myanmar government for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingyas and said that India empathises with Myanmar's concern over "extremist violence".

Myanmar officials blamed Rohingya militants for the burning of homes and civilian deaths, but rights monitors and Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh say the Myanmar army is trying to force them out with a campaign of arson and killings.

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

The INA also known as Azad Hind Fauj was formed by Indian nationalists in 1942 in Southeast Asia during World War II to secure Indian independence from British rule.

Earlier on Wednesday, Modi and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi headed delegation-level discussions in Nay Pyi Taw capital city, following which 11 agreements were signed between the two sides.

He also announced that India has chose to release 40 Myanmarese citizens, now lodged in various jails in India.

Elaborating on the difficulties her government is facing, Suu Kyi said, "We have to think about how to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people".

PM Modi hoped that all stakeholders were able to work together to find a solution irrespective of the size of a problem that would ensure peace, justice and dignity for all and respect Myanmar's territorial integrity. "That is why we have always taken bold and tough decisions aimed at people's welfare", Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing the Indian community in Yangon at the Thuwunna Stadium.

Myanmar has come under worldwide pressure after almost 125,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

"Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations", PMO tweeted. 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.

The host thanked for India's assistance in socio-economic development and infrastructure improvement. "'Act East" and "Neighbourhood First' Policy".

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