India expresses concern over deaths of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar ahead of Modi's visit

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-02 18:07:11|Editor: ying
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NEW DELHI, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- India has expressed its concern over the situation in Rakhine state of Myanmar, where many Rohingya Muslims have been reportedly killed in violence.

"India will be discussing with the government of Myanmar on how it can help in addressing the problem (in Rohingya Muslims-dominated Rakhine state)," Indian External Affairs Ministry's joint secretary Sripriya Ranganathan told the media in the national capital Friday evening.

"A recent attack in the state has claimed lives of many people after which India reached out to the government of Myanmar to see what can be done in this regard," she added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Myanmar next week after attending the BRICS summit in China.

"We have had many outstanding interactions with the Myanmar government since the new government came into office in April 2016. We regard this visit as an important visit but one in a series of ongoing interaction which we hope will continue in the future," the joint secretary said.

Modi will be in Myanmar for a two-day visit at the invitation of Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw.

During his stay in Myanmar, the Indian prime minister will hold talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and will call on President U Htin Kyaw. He will also visit the cities of Yangon and Bagan.