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Indonesians protest against the violence inflicted on Rohingya at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on Sept. 4. (Photo by Bobby Nugroho)

Asian neighbors add pressure on Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis

Indian prime minister to add to Indonesia's call for violence to stop

YUICHI NITTA, Nikkei staff writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

YANGON -- International pressure is mounting on Myanmar over the escalating persecution of Muslim Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit and hold talks with the country's de factor leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Modi is expected to express his concerns over the flood of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar when he meets Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw on Wednesday. The main purpose of Modi's visit is to strengthen economic and trade relations with Myanmar, seen as the last frontier market in the region, and counter China's growing presence across Asia. But the Rohingya crisis is also on his agenda.

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