PM Modi tells Suu Kyi India is with Myanmar, but skips mention of Rohingya issue

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi fast-tracked on Wednesday India-led development initiatives in Myanmar and offered projects in the restive Rakhine province, where a guerrilla fight between Rohingya rebels and government forces has triggered a refugee crisis.

He expressed concern over “extremist violence” in Rakhine, but didn’t mention the alleged persecution of the minority Rohingya Muslim community, which the United Nations says could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe.

“We hope that all stakeholders together can find a way out in which unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected,” he said in a joint statement with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmarese capital.

Modi praised Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi’s “leadership” in his first bilateral visit to this Southeast Asian country, which is facing international pressure over 125,000 Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh in a fortnight after a military offensive against rebels in Rakhine.

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