India, Myanmar seek action against terror sponsoring states

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In her first comments on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, the country's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday claimed that the situation in Rakhine state was being distorted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation", the BBC reported. Speaking on private broadcaster ATV, Çavuşoğlu confirmed that the first lady will have "close contact" with Rohingya Muslims who had escaped from Myanmar. During his 40-minute long speech, Modi said that "people to people ties are the strength of India-Myanmar relations".

Naming Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore and Bahadur Shah Zafar, he said Myanmar had become the "second home" for those who had to leave their own homes during the freedom struggle.

Highlighting that Prime Minister Modi will visit several places of cultural and historical interest, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred and famous Buddhist site in Myanmar.

A government statement said Suu Kyi told Erdogan that the Myanmar administration was "defending all the people in Rakhine in the best way possible".

India also faces the problem of Rohingyas fleeing into the states bordering Myanmar.

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"Last year, unfortunately, there was an quake 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".

Misri further said all issues related to the bilateral relationship would be discussed during the Prime Minister Modi's visit. Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and will be deported.

■ Would like to thank India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently: State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Some Western critics have suggested the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy be revoked. He had earlier come here in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India Summit. 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.

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