Modi says India shares Myanmar's concern about 'extremist violence'

Modi says India shares Myanmar's concern about 'extremist violence'

Modi says India shares Myanmar's concern about 'extremist violence'

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Myanmar, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju defended the government's decision to deport Rohingyas said no country can accuse India of being intolerant towards them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday held telephone conversation with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi over the ongoing humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in the Rakhine state, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Suu Kyi said that such misinformation helps promote the interests of "terrorists", a reference to Rohingya insurgents whose deadly attacks on Myanmar security posts August 25 triggered the latest military crackdown and streams of refugees. He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

The Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw and Suu Kyi had visited India a year ago.

"We want a Myanmar that is democratic, but we also want a Myanmar where the Rohingya population will see their rights fully respected".

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi blamed fake news and a misinformation campaign for fueling a crisis that the United Nations says has now pushed more than 125,000 minority Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh with tales of atrocities at the hands of security forces.

India, which has absorbed many refugees, should not be told how to deal with refugees, he added.

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He said the aid would be distributed by military helicopters along with the Rakhine state government as uncertainty and security concerns continue in the region.

This is Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

The military says it is fighting against Rohingya militants who are attacking civilians.

"We would like to thank India particularly for its strong stance that it has taken with regard to terrorist threat that came to our country a couple of weeks ago", she said in brief remarks.

Secretary General urged Myanmar's government to grant the Rohingya "either nationality or at least, for now, a legal status that will allow them to have a normal life including freedom of movement, access to labor markets, education and health services".

When asked if the violence could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres told reporters on Tuesday: 'We are facing a risk, I hope we don't get there'.

India is trying to boost economic ties with resource-rich Myanmar, with which it shares a 1,600-km (1,000-mile) border, to counter Chinese influence and step up links with a country it considers its gateway to Southeast Asia.

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