PM Modi pitches for speedy, return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh

PM Modi pitches for speedy, return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh

Bangkok, Nov 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday underlined that the 'speedy, safe and sustainable' return of displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homes in Rakhine state in Myanmar was in the interests of the region and also for India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Mr Modi made the observation during his bilateral meeting with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi here on the sidelines of ASEAN-related Summits and East Asia Summit.

"The two leaders agreed that a stable and peaceful border was an important anchor for the continued expansion of our partnership," a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Bangladesh is reportedly hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled their homeland in Rakhine state after being persecuted.

The authorities in Bangladesh have said that Myanmar should seriously consider comprehensive participation of the international community in creating a conducive environment for the return of Rohingyas.

Mr Modi also emphasized the value India attaches to Myanmar's cooperation in ensuring that insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border.

"With regard to the situation in Rakhine, following the completion of the first Indian project to build 250 prefabricated houses--which were handed over to the Myanmar Government this July--PM expressed India's readiness to carry out more socio-economic projects in this state," it said.

"Prime Minister emphasized that the speedy, safe and sustainable return from Bangladesh of displaced people to their homes in Rakhine state was in the interests of the region, the displaced persons, and all three neighbouring States: India, Bangladesh and Myanmar."

For her part, Myanmar's State Counsellor Ms Suu Kyi reaffirmed the importance her government attached to the partnership with India, and her appreciation of India's "consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy and deepening of development in Myanmar".

Prime Minister emphasized the priority India attaches to Myanmar as a partner at the crossroads of India's Look East Policy and the Neighbourhood First policies.

"Towards this end, he emphasized India's continuing commitment to improve physical connectivity to and through Myanmar to Southeast Asia, including through building road, port and other infrastructure".

India will also continue to strongly support the expansion of capacity for Myanmar's police, military and civil servants, as well as its students and citizens, the MEA release said.

The leaders agreed that people to people connectivity would help expand the base of the partnership, and therefore welcomed the expansion of air connectivity between the two countries, and the growing interest of India's businesses in Myanmar.

India has plans to host a business event for the CLMV countries - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam - in Yangon at the end of November 2019, the statement said. (UNI)

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