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Indian FS holds talks with Suu Kyi over Rohingya issue

Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi     23rd October, 2018 12:53:56 printer

Indian FS holds talks with Suu Kyi over Rohingya issue

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale on Sunday discussed the Rohingya issue with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.


Matters relating to the infrastructural development in Rakhine state to facilitate the repatriation of the Rohingya people to their homes were discussed, said the Indian external affairs ministry.


India has already provided $25 million to the Myanmar government for building prefabricated homes for the Rohingyas in the Rakhine state.


Bangladesh has decided to return 8,000 Rohingyas to their homes while Myanmar has given consent to the decision and the Indian foreign secretary discussed the matter with the Myanmar State Counsellor during his one-day visit to the country.


They also discussed bilateral cooperation, bilateral and multilateral relations during the meeting.


However, the repatriation of the Rohingya from Bangladesh dominated the discussion, according to the Indian ministry.


The Indian foreign minister also discussed the repatriation of a total of 40,000 Rohingyas from India that has already sent back seven Rohingyas to Myanmar.


Gokhale also met U Thant Sin Maung, union minister of transportation and communications of Myanmar.


After the meeting, both the countries signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sittwe Port, Paletowa Internal Water Transport and Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project.


India has been financing the projects to contribute to development of Rakhine state creating jobs for Rohingyas, said the Indian ministry.


Gokhale later talked to Min Aung Hlain, commander in chief of Myanmar army, about security situation in Rakhine state.


The Indian foreign secretary also discussed peace process in the state and gave the assurance that his country would help Myanmar in this regard.