BRICS Summit 2017 as it happened: After 'fruitful' meeting with Xi Jinping, Modi heads to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

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BRICS Summit 2017 as it happened: After 'fruitful' meeting with Xi Jinping, Modi heads to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
  • 20:18 (IST)

    5 Bs connect India to Myanmar, says Modi

  • 20:13 (IST)

    PM Modi focuses on infrastructure development

  • 20:01 (IST)

    For us nation is bigger than politics, says PM Modi

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Modi says he has decided to release 40 Myanmar fishermen lodged in Indian jails

  • 19:41 (IST)

    PM Modi lauds External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's efforts

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Our government has taken decisions on demonetisation and GST fearlessly, says Modi

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Modi says India free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, casteism is being created

  • 19:30 (IST)

    We are not merely reforming our country, we are transforming India, says PM Modi

  • 19:25 (IST)

    Modi recalls freedom fighters who fought on Burmese soil

  • 19:21 (IST)

    I'm facing a mini India here, says PM Modi

    Modi begins his address to the Indian community by greeting people in Burmese, Tamil. The prime minister also recalls all the festivals Indians have been celebrating recently. "You represent thousands of years of shared culture, geography, aspirations. We don't just share borders but also emotions," says Modi.

  • 19:21 (IST)

    PM Modi recalls Netaji Subash Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Army in Burma

    This is where Subhas Chandra Bose had said 'Tum Mujhe khoon do, mai tumhe azaadi doonga', says Modi.

  • 19:14 (IST)

    Watch Narendra Modi addressing people at Thunwunna Stadium

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    Indians cheering before PM Modi's address at Thunwunna Stadium

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Narendra Modi will be addressing Indian community at Yangon shortly

  • 18:40 (IST)

    India to aid in building hospitals and industrial training centres in Myanmar

  • 18:38 (IST)

    PM Modi says India is proud to be a part of Myanmar temple's restoration work

  • 18:35 (IST)

    The modalities of India-Myanmar bus service has been worked out, says S Jaishankar

  • 18:34 (IST)

    Along with physical connectivity, we have negotiated a land border crossing agreement, says Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar

  • 18:33 (IST)

    Foreign secretary S Jaishankar says discussion in Myanmar focussed on development

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Indians cheer for PM Modi at Yangon's Thunwunna Stadium

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Ananda Temple architecture shows Indian and Mon influences

  • 18:04 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi arrives at Yangon where he will be meeting Indian diaspora

  • 16:48 (IST)

    New Delhi allocates $3 million for restoration of Anand Temple

    The temple, one of the surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture, is believed to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, one of the greatest Burmese monarchs.The temple's architecture shows Mon and Indian influence.

    The temple was first damaged in an earthquake in 1975, and then last year when a 6.8 magnitude quake shook Myanmar. India and Myanmar signed an agreement in 2010 to restore the Ananda Temple and New Delhi allocated $3 million to the project being carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).-  PTI (Read more here)

  • 16:19 (IST)

    India is collaborating with Myanmar for the conservation and restoration of Anand Temple

  • 16:11 (IST)

    More images coming in from Modi's visit to Anand Temple in Bagan

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    Narendra Modi pays his respects at Ananda Temple

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Here are key points where India will cooperate with Myanmar on defence

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Modi lands in Bagan

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    Modi to address Indian diaspora in Myanmar soon

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    Modi's press statement in Myanmar

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Myanmar amid a raging crisis involving Rohingyas in the country's Rakhine state.

    Modi held bilateral discussions with Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the country's foreign minister and Minister of President's Office on Wednesday. Following the discussions, Modi gave a speech at the joint press statement with Suu Kyi. 

    Read the full text here

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Modi leaves for Bagan from Nay Pyi Taw

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Modi gifts Suu Kyi a rehashed version of her 1986 IIAS proposal

  • 13:16 (IST)

    India urges stakeholders to preserve Myanmar's unity
    India said today that it shares Myanmar's concerns over the violence in the Rakhine state and asked all stakeholders to preserve the country's unity and territorial integrity, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
    Modi's first bilateral visit comes at a time when the Myanmarese government is facing international pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya refugees that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar's military crackdown in the Rakhine state.
    The prime minister, at a joint press statement with Suu Kyi, asserted that India stands by Myanmar amid the challenges the country is facing. Modi and Suu Kyi held talks and discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations. - PTI

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    Narendra Modi says India stands by country

    Modi said that when it comes to the peace process or solving a problem, "We want all stake holders to work towards preserving Myanmar's unity and territorial integrity."

    Suu Kyi, in her remarks, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced recently.

  • 12:15 (IST)

    List of MoUs signed during Modi's visit

    India and Myanmar on Wednesday signed eleven agreements in a range of sectors, including one to strengthen democratic institutions in this country, to further build their multifaceted partnership. The following are the MoUs signed:

    - Maritime Security Cooperation 

    - Cultural Exchange Programme for the year 2017-2020

    - Enhancing the Cooperation of the Upgradation of the Women's Police Training Centre at Yamethin, Myanmar.

    - Sharing White Shipping Information between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy

    - Technical Agreement for providing Coastal Surveillance System

    - Cooperation in Medical Products Regulation (Between Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare of the Republic of India and Food and Drugs (FDA), Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar on Cooperation in Medical Products Regulation)

    - Cooperation in the field of Health and medicine

    - Extension on MoU on establishment of MIIT

    - Extension on MoU on establishment of India-Myanmar Center for Enhancement of IT-Skill

    - In field of elections (between Election Commission of India and The Union Election Commission of Myanmar).

    - Cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and the Press Council of India

  • 11:40 (IST)

    Rise in construction of roads indicate a bright future for ties

    Narendra Modi said that the rise in construction of roads and bridges, power links and connectivity indicate a bright future for India-Myanmar ties. Just like our development partnership, Myanmar's efforts to ensure high quality education, healthcare and research is worthy of praise, he added.

  • 11:40 (IST)

    By visiting Myanmar, Modi sent a message that he is not intimidated by 'big brother'

    What Modi probably has to lose is the wobbly friendship with the military regime and the hawkish General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar's armed forces. By stopping over en route from the BRICS Summit in China where he and Xi Jinping played genteel footsies and little else in the thaw after the Doka La impasse Modi sent a message that he is not intimidated by big brother.

    In the bigger picture context it is hugely indiscreet and tactless but if a display of Indian confidence is the yardstick well, China would certainly be miffed that this visit does not bode well for the present plastic cordiality.

    Read the full opinion here

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Amnesty urged Modi to reaffirm India's commitment to Rohingyas

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Narendra Modi shares concerns with Myanmar on Rakhine situation

    India shared its concerns with Myanmar over the situation in the country's Rakhine state, where the army has launched a crackdown on the Rohingyas, triggering a mass exodus.

    "We share your concerns about the extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been lost," Narendra Modi said in a joint address to the media along with Aung San Suu Kyi following delegation-level talks.

    "We hope that all stakeholders can together find a way out in which unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected," Modi said. "At the same time, we can have peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all." - IANS

  • 11:13 (IST)

    India, Myanmar share a multi-faceted partnership, says MEA

  • 10:57 (IST)

    Modi speaks on security concerns of the two countries

    In the joint statement, Modi said, "We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected."

  • 10:47 (IST)

    Modi appreciates Myanmar's hospitality

  • 10:45 (IST)

    India to free 40 jailed Myanmari citizens

    "Friends, I am happy to announce that we have given freedom to Myanmar by giving visa to its citizens. Citizens of Myanmar who wish to visit India will be given gratis visas, and 40 Myanmarese citizens in Indian jails will be released. We have also decided to free 40 Myanmari citizens jailed in India," says Modi.

  • 10:42 (IST)

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    India, Myanmar issue joint statement

    "Being the neighbour, in security, our interests are the same. It is necessary we safeguard our border for security and stability. In black money project, work has been completed. The road component work has started. And under our comprehensive partnership, we have been cooperating in high quality heath care."

  • 10:35 (IST)

    Narendra Modi meets Aung San Suu Kyi on Myanmar visit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. He is expected to raise the issue of the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Modi's Myanmar schedule

    This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. During the visit, according to Ministry of External Affairs, Modi will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw.

    Apart from his engagements in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, he will visit Yangon and Bagan. His visit will end on 7 September.

  • 10:23 (IST)

    India, Myanmar exchange agreements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping will hold their first substantive bilateral meeting on Tuesday after the Doka La standoff, which had put ties between the two countries under strain.

According to external affairs ministry officials, Modi will meet Xi at 12.30 pm (10 am IST), the prime minister's last official engagement before flying off to Myanmar on a bilateral visit.

 BRICS Summit 2017 as it happened: After fruitful meeting with Xi Jinping, Modi heads to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping meet at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen. AP

Modi had arrived in China on Sunday and attended the BRICS Summit on Monday. During the meeting, which is taking place amid efforts from the two sides to leave the bitterness caused by the 73-day face-off between their troops in Doka La in the Sikkim sector, sources said the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to create confidence building measures.

However, they refused to divulge details about the issues to be discussed. The sense is that both countries want to "move on" after the standoff. The Chinese and the Indian troops were engaged in a standoff since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army. On 28 August, India's External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on "expeditious disengagement" of their border troops in the disputed Doka La area.

Asked if there was any link between the BRICS declaration which for the first time named Pakistan-based terror groups for their violent activities and resolution of the Doka La standoff, Secretary (East) in the MEA Preeti Saran answered in the negative, saying BRICS is a multilateral forum where outcomes are based on consensus.

"It cannot be linked," she added. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told the media in Beijing that "details of the meeting we will release in due course."

Apart from Xi, Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt, which is among the five counties — Mexico, Guinea, Thailand and Tajikistan -- invited by China as part of 'BRICS Plus' outreach exercise.

Xi and his wife hosted a banquet for the BRICS leaders this evening followed by Chinese cultural extravaganza. Modi, who attended the banquet along with other leaders, also interacted informally with the leaders of the guest countries.

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Updated Date: Sep 06, 2017 20:18:57 IST