Press Councils of India, Myanmar sign MoU on cooperation

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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.

Modi will also hold wide-ranging talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi also announced gratis visas for people of Myanmar and promised to release the 40 Myanmarese citizens, lodged in Indian jails. "We share your concerns on the extremist violence in Rakhine province and especially the death of security personnel and the loss of innocent lives".

The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them.

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In the health care sector, the Foreign Secretary said India has upgraded three hospitals in Myanmar, including in Yangon and Sittwe.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi presented a reproduction of an 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween and a sculpture of Bodhi tree to President of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw.

Modi said, "we hope that all stakeholders together can find a way out in which unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected", he said, adding "peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all" can be achieved. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India summit.

"Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations", PMO tweeted.

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- India and Myanmar also signed agreements on cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and Press Council of India, extension of agreement on the establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT skill.

"We have a very large development cooperation footprint in this country which is 1.75 billion dollars, number of projects are being done under that and we will review all those projects, may have been completed others on the way for completion", Misri told ANI. The Myanmar leader thanked Modi for his support against the "terror threat" her country faces.

He said he was sure that if the government appeals for funds for Rohingya Muslims, they will collect tens of millions of dollars within days.

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