Security, economy come up at Modi-Suu Kyi meeting in Bangkok

Suu Kyi appreciated India’s consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy, the MEA said in a statement.

Published: 05th November 2019 07:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2019 09:29 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi about the importance of not giving any operating space to insurgent groups along the India-Myanmar border.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN summit in Bangkok on Sunday. Modi also expressed India’s readiness to execute socio-economic projects in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, largely considered to be the epicentre of the Rohingya crisis. 

India shares a 1,640-km border with Myanmar along insurgency-hit states such as Manipur and Nagaland.

According to the external affairs ministry, the PM said the speedy, safe and sustainable return of displaced people from Bangladesh was in the best interest of the region and the three neighbouring countries — India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

An estimated 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine since 2017 after large-scale violence following a military crackdown. The exodus of refugees in large numbers has resulted in a major crisis in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi appreciated India’s consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy, the MEA said in a statement.

“Modi emphasised India’s continuing commitment to improve physical connectivity to and through Myanmar to Southeast Asia, including through building road, port and other infrastructure.” 

The two leaders agreed that people to people connectivity would help expand the base of the partnership, and therefore welcomed the expansion of air connectivity between the two countries.

Modi also held meetings with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp