August 19, 2016

Senior general meets ASEAN naval chiefs ahead of 9th ANCM

Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Aug — Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Thursday received a call by regional naval commanders ahead of a meeting to be hosted by Myanmar.
The country will host the 9th ASEAN Naval Chief Meeting under the theme “Fostering ASEAN Naval Teamwork in Regional Maritime Security.”
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told the ASEAN naval chiefs that the consolidation among ASEAN countries has become the envy of the international community.
He pointed out the importance of coordinated efforts in maritime security, referring to the Strait of Malacca between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
At 10 a.m., Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Hong Liang paid a courtesy call on Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. They discussed further cementing the relationships between the two governments and the two armed forces and pledged to intensify bilateral anti-drug control and cooperation in education, health, culture and sports. Myanmar and China have held diplomatic relations for 65 years.
At 11.30 a.m., the commander-in-chief gave Radio Free Asia (RFA) an interview about the role of the defence services in the country’s peace process, explaining how the army is modernizing, as well as its role in national politics and prevention of terrorism. Myawady


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