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Aung San Suu Kyi embarrasses Modi, equates Rohingya issue with Kashmir

Thursday September 7, 2017 2:41 PM, & Agencies

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[Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, on his arrival, at Presidential Palace, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on September 06, 2017.]

Yangon [Myanmar]:
A day after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemingly supported Aung San Suu Kyi over the issue of ethnic cleansing of the minorities in Myanmar, she embarrassed him by equating Rohingya Muslims issue in the Rakhine state with India's Kashmir issue.

"We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir", news agency ANI quoted Suu Kyi as saying.

"We have to take care of innocent citizens as our resources are not as adequate as required, but we try our best and make ensure that every citizen is entitled to the protection of law," she added.

Elaborating on the difficulties her government is facing, Suu Kyi said, "We have to think about how to differentiate between terrorists and innocent people.

"You in India are well-versed with this, because India has a large Muslim community and in place like Kashmir, where you face terrorism, the trouble of sorting out the terrorists from the innocent citizen and all those who are not involved in the terrorist movement at all, comes up", she said.

Rohingya Muslims are subjected to worst king of violence at the hands of Myanmar security agencies and Buddhists terrorists. Following the escalation of violence against them as many as 1,40,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed over to Bangladesh in last 15 days alone.

There are also demands to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of the Nobel Peace Prize. "She does not deserve to be a Nobel laureate", more than 03 lakh who have signed an online petition said.

Suu Kyi's statement is more embarrassing for India and Modi as the Muslim World League (MWL) has on Wednesday equated the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar with the terrorism of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi had said that India shares Myanmar's concern on extremist violence in the Rakhine state and that he hopes that all stakeholders can find a solution, in which the unity and the territorial integrity of the country is maintained, together.

Suu Kyi thanked Prime Minister for taking a strong stand on the terror threat that Myanmar faced and assured India that 'terror would not be allowed to take roots in her country.'

"Together both countries will ensure that terror is not allowed to take roots in our country," de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said.

"We would like to thank India for the strong stand that it has taken with regard to the terrorist threat that came to our country," said Aung San Suu Kyi, to which Prime Minister Modi responded that "India completely understands the challenges."


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