October 20, 2017

Myanmar, Singapore look to boost future cooperation

Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes Singaporean counterpart Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes Singaporean counterpart Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

MYANMAR’S Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with her Singaporean counterpart Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, holding talks on areas of future cooperation that include education, health, agriculture, infrastructure development and trade as well as matters relating to a commemorative ceremony  celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Myanmar-Singapore diplomatic ties at the Myanmar-Singapore Vocational Institute.
At a joint press conference afterwards, Singapore’s Foreign Minister said that the talks were a good example of the new government’s systematic administration and its sacrifices for the next generation.
He also expressed his belief that there would be more connectivity between the two countries at this stage of political transition in Myanmar.
Singapore, Myanmar’s third largest trading partner after China and Thailand, is the second biggest investing partner for Myanmar, added the Singaporean Foreign Minister.
While answering questions from the media, the Singaporean FM said that Singapore investing in Myanmar’s infrastructure sector will help Myanmar youth find job opportunities through more investments in education and opening of vocational training courses.
In her address, Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that there is no concern over sanctions against Myanmar, adding that sanctions on the country will be lifted at an opportune time.
She expressed her belief that Myanmar would be able to manage and overcome current and future difficulties.
Myanmar wants to continue its partnership with the United States, she added.
In the evening, a dinner reception in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Singapore was held at the Parkroyal Hotel. —Myanmar News Agency

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