President Kyaw welcomes Modiin Myanmar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 09:11:03



MYANMAR President Htin Kyaw on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.
Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on the final leg of his two-nation visit after attending the BRICS Summit in China.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted a few images of Kyaw welcoming Modi. The two leaders also inspected the guard of honour. The Prime Minister’s visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.

Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday. He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.
The Indian Government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them. Around 40,000 Rohingyas are said to be staying illegally in India.

India and Myanmar were also looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture, Modi had said ahead of his visit. This is Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar.