India, Myanmar bilateral border cooperation satisfactory, says Indian envoy

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Turkey's first lady Emine Erdoğan will visit Bangladesh on September 6 amid the ongoing tragedy of tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims forced to flee the violence in Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu has said.

This is Modi's first bilateral visit to Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi will also pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar's Yangon.

Naming Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore and Bahadur Shah Zafar, he said Myanmar had become the "second home" for those who had to leave their own homes during the freedom struggle.

Aung San Suu Kyi has also come under under pressure from countries with Muslim populations.

Thousands of Rohingyas are crossing over into Bangladesh - where they are sparingly given refugee status - to escape from the violence in Rakhine state.

PM Modi leaves for China to attend BRICS Summit
Though China has said that terrorism will not be on the agenda, however, going by past precedence, PM Modi may bring up the issue. On the fourth evening, the BRICS leaders will be joined by leaders of the five guest countries for a welcome.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations.

"Last year, unfortunately, there was an natural disaster in Myanmar which also hit Bagan and 400 historical structures were badly damaged and the Government of Myanmar, therefore, requested the Government of India to ask for the services of the ASI in restoring these historical structures".

"We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected", PM Modi said in a joint statement with Suu Kyi at Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw. Over 40,000 Rohingyas are believed to be staying illegally within India.

Listof MoUs/Agreements signed during State visit of Prime Minister to Myanmar.

Suu Kyi has visited China twice since she took office and has publicly spoken of her camaraderie with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government has lavished loans and investments on Myanmar. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces. He noted that peace and stability in Myanmar are of the highest priority to India and reiterated India's continued support to Myanmar in consolidating democratic institutions in the country and for the emergence of a democratic Federal Republic, the statement said.

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