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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Enhancement of Myanmar-Japan military ties and cooperation cordially discussed

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Japanese Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Fumio KISHIDA at Zeyathiri Parlour in Nay Pyi Taw.

Nay Pyi Taw May 4

Although efforts for democratization began in 1988 during which the Tatmadaw was assuming the government duties, the country became a democratic country in accord with the aims only in 2010 due to a range of situations of the State. Various criticisms against the Tatmadaw came out for taking much time. However, due to the steady efforts the country now has laid the foundation of democracy and endeavours are being made for its durability. The Tatmadaw will also lend a helping hand in marching successfully and correctly on the road, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Fumio KISHIDA at Zeyathiri Parlour here yesterday afternoon.

Present at the call were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services, deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Mr. Seiji KIHARA, Japan Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, military attaché Colonel Takeshi HARA and personnel.

The Senior General explained about the friendship between Japan and Myanmar that dates back to the latter’s independence struggle, progress in strengthening ties and cooperation between the armed forces of two countries, the prevailing situation of the Tatmadaw and people regarding building of peace and stability which are fundamental requirements for the multi-party democracy system, and progress in peace process for stability of the State, and standpoint of the Tatmadaw regarding peace-building.

The visiting minister said that he was proud of peaceful reforms in Myanmar, and that he respected the efforts of the Tatmadaw led by the Senior General, and that Japan government would foster bilateral ties through greater collaboration between the government and private sector of Japan in democratization and national development process of Myanmar, as well as strengthening the bilateral defence cooperation through the good offices of Japan Defence Ministry and Nippon Foundation.

The two exchanged frank views on process of establishing stability and permanent peace in Myanmar, plus regional and international relations and security.

After the meeting, the Senior General, the visiting Japanese minister and members posed for documentary photos. (100)

The Myawady Daily

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