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In Myanmar, PM Modi to discuss Rakhine strife

NEW DELHI: As PM Narendra Modi heads to Myanmar next week for his first bilateral visit, India is trying to set itself apart from China and itself apart from Ch its mercantile foreign policy.

In an interview to local media group Mizzima on the eve of Modi‘s visit, Indian ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri said, “We don’t want to do what some to do what some other countries are doing, we want to create public assets for Myanmar to use, not the commercial infrastructure to primarily promote our business. The assets we are creating are public, belonging to the people and Government of Myanmar. They don’t belong to commercial interests from India.”

During Modi’s visit, India and Myanmar will have intensive discussions on the Rohingya problem and the ongoing violence in Rakhine province. India has come out in support of the Myanmar government on the issue, giving it cover from a lot of international condemnation.

Sripriya Ranganathan, iya Ranganathan, joint secretary in charge of Myanmar, said the situation in Rakhine had a “number of aspects, developmental, humanitarian and security”. All of these, she said, were highlighted by the recent Kofi Annan recent Kofi Annan report. “We have been trying to encourage the Myanmar government to stimulate some socio-economic development of the area since many problems will reduce if not disappear if development happens. We are also enabling the government to support communal harmony in the states,” Ranganathan said. India believes once the Kaladan project is completed, it will have a positive impact on the area and its people.

Source : timesofindia

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