Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that it is important to maintain security and stability along the long land and maritime borders of India and Myanmar. After holding talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw today, Mr Modi said, deepening relationship with Myanmar is a priority for India as a neighbour and also in the context of Act East Policy. He said, India would like to contribute to Myanmar’s development efforts as part of our Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas initiative.
Prime Minister said, India stands with Myanmar over the issue of violence in the Rakhine state which has led to loss of innocent lives. The Prime Minister said, India wants all stake holders to work towards preserving Myanmar’s unity and territorial integrity. Mr Modi also announced to grant gratis visa to Myanmarese citizens who wish to visit India. He also announced that 40 Myanmar citizens languishing in Indian jails will be released soon. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Suu Kyi thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently. She said, together India and Myanmar can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on our soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries.
India and Myanmar also signed a number of agreements for mutual cooperation. The agreements, which were signed in presence of Prime Minister and Ms. Suu Kyi, includes areas such as healthcare, culture, science and technology, conduct of election and media.