Prime Minister Modi meets with Myanmar state counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday he held a constructive meeting with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during which they explored ways to improve bilateral cooperation in areas of connectivity and capacity development.

Modi and Suu Kyi held the meeting outside the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, in a tweet, described the meeting as constructive.

"When Act East & Neighborhood First converge. PM @narendramodi had a constructive meeting with Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to enhance cooperation in capacity building, connectivity and people-to-people ties, among other areas," Kumar tweeted.

It is not immediately known whether the issue of Rohingya Muslims was in the meeting.

An estimated 7.00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine State since 2017 after large-scale violence following a military crackdown. The exodus of refugees in large numbers has resulted in a major crisis in neighboring Bangladesh.

Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbors and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

Modi arrived here on a three-day visit on Saturday to attend ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits.