October 20, 2017

President U Thein Sein arrives in Japan to attend 7th Mekong-Japan Summit

President U Thein Sein being welcomed by officials of Japanese government at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan.
President U Thein Sein being welcomed by officials of Japanese government at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan.

President U Thein Sein and party left Nay Pyi Taw for Tokyo to attend 7th Mekong-Japan Summit on Thursday morning.
They were seen off at the airport by Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, union ministers and officials.
The president and members of delegation including Union Ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Tin Naing Thein, U Ohn Myint, U Khin Maung Soe, U Kyaw Lwin, Dr Kan Zaw, Dr Than Aung and U Ye Htut, deputy ministers U Ohn Than and U Han Sein, U Set Aung, Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint, Brig-Gen Ko Ko Naing of the Ministry of Defence and officials arrived in Tokyo at 2.48 pm local time.
The president and party were greeted at Haneda Airport by officials of Japanese government, charge d’affaires counselor U Win Aung and staff of the embassy and the military attaché office, before the president and party went to the Hotel New Otani.
At 4 pm local time, the president received Minister for Tokyo Olympic Mr Toshiaki Endo at the hotel and the president thanked the minister for Japan’s help for success of 27th SEA Games.
At 5 pm, the president met with Chairman Mr Fumiyo Kobubu of Marubeni Company and discussed generation of electricity, infrastructure development and rail transportation.
At 5.50 pm, the president received Chairman Mr Koichiro of Tokyo Stock Exchange and held talks on establishing Yangon Stock Exchange in 2015.
At 7.10 pm, the president received Imaizumi Scholarship Foundation Chairman Imaizumi Saeji, a 92-year old Japanese veteran. The foundation was established in 1988 to help Myanmar nationals who helped Japanese soldiers in Myanmar.
NHK News Agency interviewed President U Thein Sein at 6.30 pm at the Hotel New Otani.
During the interview, the president explained the implementation of political, economic, administrative and private sector reforms to fulfill the two wishes of the public, stability and development.
Concerning the question on second term of
the presidency, the president said that he places more emphasis on national politics of peace and development than party politics and he added that he would carry out everything he could for the national interests.
As for the second term of the presidency, the president said that the decision depends on situation of the country and will of the people which he said he would take seriously.
Regarding important tasks to be carried out during the second term of the presidency, the president said that whoever becomes the president of Myanmar will have to restore eternal peace, graduate Myanmar from LDC status and turn the country into a medium per capita income one.
During the interview, the president invited investment of Japan in infrastructure, industry, electricity and oil and gas sectors of Myanmar and thanked Japan for its role in settlement of foreign loans of Myanmar.

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