October 20, 2017

Army chief, US Secretary of State discuss defence cooperation, ASEAN relations

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives US Secretary of State John Kerry in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Myawady
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives US Secretary of State John Kerry in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Myawady

COMMANDER-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to discuss bilateral cooperation in defence as well as relations with the ASEAN community.
At the meeting, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing explained plans to hold the 21st Century Panglong Conference for internal peace and relations between the government and the army.
John Kerry praised the army for its commitment to the successful holding of free and fair elections last year, describing the achievement as historic.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said great care has to be taken in conducting political reform with the country’s current condition.
“We must take a lot of things into consideration, like history, culture, tradition and geographical location,” the commander-in-chief said.
He said that the country has guaranteed equality in human rights, religion and ethnic affairs, with no discrimination or oppression.
Myanmar has a population of more than 51 millions, 85 per cent of whom practise Buddhism, the army chief said, adding that Islam, Christianity and other faiths are granted freedom of worship across the country.
“There is no religious discrimination, but respect should be given to Buddhism as a majority faith,” he said.—Myawaddy

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