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State Counsellor Held Meeting with Indian External Affairs

Minister State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a meeting with External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on May 11. The matters discussed during the meeting included promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation, provision of assistance for the development of Rakhine state and support to the Myanmar government’s endeavours on the repatriation process of displaced persons from Rakhine state. They also pledged closer cooperation and collaboration between the two countries in the regional and international level.

Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population Thein Swe, Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myint Thu also represented the Myanmar side at the meeting.

Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri and other delegation officials accompanied the Indian External Affairs Minister to the meeting. After the meeting, a signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation agreements followed, being witnessed by the State Counsellor and the External Affairs Minister of India.

Commander-in-Chief Receives Chinese Special Envoy

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received China’s Special Envoy for Asian affairs Sun Guoxiang at Bayint Naung Guesthouse in Nay Pyi Taw on May 23.

Matters discussed in the meeting covered China’s strong condemnation of the ethnic rebel attacks against security posts and public places in Muse in northern Shan state on May 12 and efforts of Myanmar government and the Tatmadaw for the country’s peace process as well as the assistance provided by China. The Commander-in-Chief and the Chinese diplomat also raised emphasis upon peace and stability in the border areas of the two countries. Prior to that, Sun Guoxiang also met with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on May 22. They discussed matters related to bilateral relations and cooperation, the peace process and the situation in Rakhine state.

State Counsellor Receives UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 28. The Special Representative called for the successful complementation of the Joint Action Plan being implemented by Myanmar with the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on prevention of the recruitment and use of underage soldiers, expressing the UN’s desire to further cooperate with Myanmar in the promotion and protection of children rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the foreign minister, emphasised that the protection of the rights of a child is imperative, and thus it is necessary to promote the education sector in order to protect the rights of the children. She stressed that to avoid the occurrence of violence and abuse against women and children who are weak, preventive measures should be focused.

Industrial Zone Management Committees to be Reorganised.

Industrial management committees will be reorganised, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry, Road and Communications. The regional minister said that while answering a question of whether East Dagon Industry Committee will be reorganised or not at the Yangon Region Hluttaw session on May 16. The plan to upgrade 29 Yangon industrial zones and reorganise the management committees is being prepared. “We will restructure industrial zone committees to administer and to separate government and private service companies in order to give one-stop services by industrial zones upgrading administrative committee through cooperating all zones,” said Nilar Kyaw.

“South Dagon industrial zones will be upgraded as a pilot project in order to restructure industrial zone committees and upgrade the industrial zones,” she continued.