PM Modi wraps up his first bilateral visit to Myanmar

RSTV Bureau
Photo: Twitter/ @MEAIndia

Photo: Twitter/ @MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for India after concluding his first bilateral visit to Myanmar during which he held wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Htin Kyaw.

The Prime Minister praised the exceptional hospitality he received in Myanmar.

The Prime Minister visited the 2,500-years-old Shwedagon pagoda and performed ‘puja’ at the Kalibari Temple on the final day of his three-day visit.

“Delighted to visit Myanmar’s cultural landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda,” prime minister Modi had tweeted.

“Performed Puja at Yangon’s Kalibari Temple. Feeling extremely blessed,” Modi tweeted along with a picture of himself at the temple,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets.

He also paid his respects at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum.

During the three-day visit India cemented ties with Myanmar. Crucial issues like counter terrorism and securing India-Myanmar boundary, were raised.

The visit comes at a time when Myanmar is facing international pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya Muslims that have poured into Bangladesh in just two weeks after Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state.

PM Modi said that India shared Myanmar’s concerns over “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state, especially the loss of innocent lives of the people and the security personnel.

But he also asserted that it was important to maintain the security and stability of the land and maritime boundaries of the two countries.

Both nations signed 11 agreements in areas like maritime security, strengthening democratic institutions in Myanmar, health and information technology.

(With inputs from agencies)