Sushma Swaraj visiting Myanmar

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Myanmar President U Win Myint at Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar. External Affairs Minister is on a two-day visit to Myanmar for discussions on a number of bilateral and regional issues.
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Mrs Swaraj was warmly received by India’s Ambassador Vikram Misri and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar U Myint Thu. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, seven agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and it shares a 1,640 km border with a number of northeastern states.

Hasina received the call from Sushma around 9:45pm on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Nazrul Islam told media.

“India’s position is same as Bangladesh’s over the Rohingya issue,” Nazrul quoted Sushma as telling Hasina during the phone call.

“She also spoke about India pushing Myanmar both bilaterally and multilaterally so that they take back their refugees,” Nazrul said.

“What India is saying is that Myanmar must stop atrocities against Rohingyas,” he added. Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, after handing over 53 tonnes of relief material for the Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh authorities, said his country would stand by Bangladesh’s side over the issue.

Many in Bangladesh suggest that Dhaka step up diplomacy to have India and China mount pressure on Myanmar to take back the refugees.

But earlier in the day, Myanmar News Agency in a report quoted Hong Liang, the Chinese ambassador in Myanmar, as saying, “The stance of China regarding the terrorist attacks in Rakhine is clear, it is just an internal affair; the counterattacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government’s undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed.”

Around 400,000 Rohingyas fleeing the ongoing army crackdown against the group have joined as many refugees in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Hasina said she would raise the Rohingya issue at the UN General Assembly currently under way in New York.

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AungSanSuuKyi reaches Delhi, will call on President and meet PM Modi, MEA Sushma Swaraj.

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UN Security Council has called on Myanmar to speed up efforts to ensure the safe return of the Rohingya and to hold accountable perpetrators of attacks against the Muslim minority.

The statement followed a fact-finding mission by the council’s ambassadors to Myanmar and Bangladesh from 28th April to 1st May to get a firsthand look at the crisis from the forced exodus of 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar.

Council members said that in light of the importance of undertaking transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations, urge the government of Myanmar to fulfil, based on respect for the rule of law, its stated commitment to holding accountable perpetrators of violence.

The council also urged Myanmar to step up its efforts to create conditions conducive to the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Rakhine state.

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