Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations

Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations

Security forces responded to the attacks with days of "clearance operations" the government says were aimed at rooting out insurgents it accuses of setting fire to Rohingya villages.

Several fellow laureates have called on her to act in the latest conflict, and the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar this week said she must "step in".

"Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence", he said in a statement, adding that the United Nations refugee agency had no access to trouble spots in northern Rakhine state.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been heavily criticized internationally for the plight of Rohingyas in Myanmar with many countries staging protests against the overbearing military action on Rohingyas which killed around 400.

Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations
Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations

The battle between the Burmese army and insurgents has led to the influx of thousands of Rohingya migrants into Bangladesh and India. Their condition is likely to figure in Modi's talks with Myanmar's de-facto leader and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday.

The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said in a report on "Buddhism and Politics in Myanmar" that the crisis triggered by Rohingya insurgent attacks on police posts and massive retaliation by the army has boosted anti-Muslim sentiment nationwide, opening the possibility of even more religious violence.

"We would like to thank India particularly for its strong stance that it has taken with regard to terrorist threat that came to our country a couple of weeks ago", she said in brief remarks.

Modi said India and Myanmar had similar security interests in the region.

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"Had a wonderful meeting with President U Htin Kyaw", he later tweeted.

That decision has drawn criticism from rights groups and prompted a petition in the Supreme Court to stop the government from doing so.

Modi's bilateral meet with the neighbouring nation comes in the backdrop of the deteriorating Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

When asked if the violence could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres told reporters on Tuesday: 'We are facing a risk, I hope we don't get there'.

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Two-way trade has grown to about $2.2 billion as India courts Myanmar following the gradual end of military rule, but Indian-funded projects have moved slowly.

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