India, Myanmar bilateral border cooperation satisfactory, says Indian envoy

India and Myanmar signed 11 agreements in a range of sectors, including one on maritime security cooperation, to further strengthen their multifaceted partnership.

"We have a very large development cooperation footprint in this country which is 1.75 billion dollars, number of projects are being done under that and we will review all those projects, may have been completed others on the way for completion", Misri told ANI.

"I would particularly draw attention to the fact that we have discussed committing Indian assistance to the Rakhine state development programme because we really believe that the medium term way of addressing problems in the Rakhine area is really to look at developmental aspect", Jaishankar said while briefing media persons following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi here earlier in the day. Neighborhood First. and in that context, it is an important country.


Myanmar denies its Rohingya population citizenship and regards them as illegal immigrants - even though many have lived in the country for generations.

■ "Meeting a valued friend".

Modi landed in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital, on Tuesday evening, and met the country's President Htin Kyaw, who enjoys a largely ceremonial position in the current administration. "Prime Minister Modi with the State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.


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. He is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

Prime Minister Modi will also pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's Yangon.

Modi's visit to Myanmar, a security partner to counter insurgents in the Northeast and a crucial connecting link to Southeast Asia, follows what senior officials have said was growing anxiety in New Delhi over a perceived tilt by Suu Kyi towards China.


He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the ASEAN-India Summit, but this will be his first bilateral visit.


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