Nay Pyi Taw May 11
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Minister of External Affairs of India H.E. Smt. Sushma Swaraj at the parlour of Zeyathiri Beikman, here, this afternoon.
Also present at the call together with the Senior General were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Soe Htut of the Offi ce of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and senior military offi cers. The Indian Minister of External Affairs was accompanied by Indian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Shri Vikram Misri, the Indian Army Attaché, the Indian Naval Attaché and offi cials.
At the meeting, the Senior General said Myanmar and India are good neighbours and have been old and good friend countries. Both the countries are similar in culture, religion and historical backgrounds. And, Myanmar’s changes are much related to those of India. The both countries and leaders of them have been amicable since yore.
The guest minister said both the countries have built good relations between them for many years. India gives a helping hand to Myanmar for its democratization process. As implementing the Act East Policy, India prioritizes Myanmar as its neighbour in relations. India always supports Myanmar for its progress and endeavours. The Indian Minister pledged that India, as much as it can, will carry out the tasks to enable international community to know true events which happened in Buthidaung-Maungtaw region of northern Rakhine State.
Then, both sides cordially discussed the Tatmadaw’s participation in Myanmar’s pursuance of democracy path, regional peace and stability resulting from cooperation between the two armed forces along the border and the need for continued collaboration, cooperation in border region development, cooperation in military training between the two armed forces and other areas, India’s cooperation in Rakhine State development efforts and re-acceptance of Bengalis who fl ed to the other country, the importance of the fact that the international community needs to respect Myanmar’s sovereign power with regard to Rakhine issue, India’s help to spread true information to friendly nations and the global community and cooperation in anti-terrorism and combat against narcotic drugs.
After the meeting, the Senior General presented a gift to the Indian minister and they posed for a documentary photo together with those present.