August 20, 2016

C-in-C receives Japanese Defence Minister, EU Military Committee chairman

 Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani. Photo: MNA
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani. Photo: MNA

ALTHOUGH the main duty of the military is to defend the state, it is also responsible for ensuring stability, peace and unity in light of the history of our country, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, during his meeting with Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani at Zayyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The senior general added that the military is also obliged to contribute its physical and mental ability toward national development and that the Myanmar military will continue to exert efforts to guarantee stability and peace.
During the meeting, both sides discussed relations and current cooperation between the two armies, technical and monetary assistance provided by Japan and friendship and study tours.
Concerning political reform, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the success of a democratic government depends upon its policies and its ability to implement those policies, as well as upon the decisions made by the people.
“Since 2010, Myanmar has treaded on a multiparty democratic path with a civilian government. Although Myanmar democracy is not up to the mark of international democratic norms, Myanmar is firmly walking on the democratic path in its own context,” he said.In the afternoon, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received General Mikhail Kostarakos, chairman of the European Union Military Committee.
During the meeting, the two sought ways to establish military relations between the armed forces of Myanmar and the EU for cooperation. They also discussed plans to provide the Tatmadaw with training, including UN peacekeeping training, as well as exchanges of visits and promoting military cooperation between the two sides.—GNLM/Myanmar News Agency


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