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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Singapore hopes mutual progress within ASEAN through assistance in all possible areas: PM Mr. Lee

Nay Pyi Taw June 9

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called on Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, who is currently on a goodwill tour in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, in the Ruby Hall of Park - royal Hotel here at 11 am yesterday.

At the call, the Senior General said diplomatic relations have already reached a period of 50 years, during which consolidated bilateral relations bear witness to the fact that leaders of the two countries are good old friends. There has been cooperation in political, economic and nation-building undertakings which have provided a great deal of assistance for the reforms of Myanmar. 

Thanks to its reforms the country has witnessed greater understandings in the international relations and also the changes. The Tatmadaw on its part is taking part in the task of restoring national peace and stability, strengthening the adopted democracy system and developing the country with the best efforts apart from the national defence. All should also have better convictions while inheriting the spirit “We all are Myanmar.”

The Singaporean Prime Minister said now the bilateral relations have reached the 50th anniversary, and Singapore still maintains the bilateral friendly ties. Singapore understands that Myanmar  has been striving through the different stages in building democracy and the road is uneven and hard. Although Myanmar has reached a certain level, nation-building, national reconciliation, peace and termination of armed conflicts are still outstanding. Singapore hopes mutual progress within the ASEAN through assistance in all possible areas. Mr. Lee explained discussions towards promotion of government-to-government and business-to-business cooperation between the two countries.

Then the Senior General and the Singaporean PM cordially exchanged views on security cooperation for ASEAN and global peace and stability by member states on equal terms, promotion of bilateral military relations and cooperation within the ASEAN community, undertakings for ensuring the rule of law and the termination of armed conflicts for Myanmar’s peace and stability, the Singaporean parliamentary democracy system and the act of guaranteeing equal rights in making decisions through the voting process between the majority and the minority, and the  Tatmadaw’s main role in the service of the country and democracy.

Present at the call together with the Senior General were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and senior military officers of the Office of the Commanderin- Chief (Army). Mr. Lee was accompanied by Ambassador of Singapore H.E. Mr. Robert Chua and officials. After the meeting a documentary photo was taken.

The Myawady Daily

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