Press Councils of India, Myanmar sign MoU on cooperation

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Besides Modi, present at the event were Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

They also called for setting up a special fund to help the Rohingya seeking refuge in Bangladesh, suspending diplomatic relations with Myanmar, boycotting Myanmarese goods, and to contact the OIC and the United Nations to find an immediate solution to the problem.

Myanmar condemned the recent terror attacks during the Amarnath Yatra in India as also various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders.

"We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected", PM Modi said in a joint statement with Suu Kyi at Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw. Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and will be deported. The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India previous year. He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this is his first bilateral visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian diaspora in Myanmar's Yangon city.

"India's democratic experience is relevant to Myanmar". The Prime Minister had in the meantime visited every other neighbour - except the politically unstable Maldives - for bilateral meetings.

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"Last year, unfortunately, there was an natural disaster in Myanmar which also hit Bagan and 400 historical structures were badly damaged and the Government of Myanmar, therefore, requested the Government of India to ask for the services of the ASI in restoring these historical structures".

Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's northwestern Rakhine state has sent almost 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days.

Before heading for Myanmar, Prime Minister Modi visited China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.

Some Western critics have suggested the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy be revoked.

■ 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.

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