THE successful completion of the general election fulfilled the desires of Myanmar’s defence services, the commander-in-chief of defence services told the US ambassador to Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
US Ambassador Mr Derek Mitchell called on Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at Bayintnaung Guesthouse in the capital city at 11am.
There was some doubt among Myanmar people living both at home and abroad about pre-election efforts on the part of the government, the defence services and electoral officials, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said.
The government had a responsibility to display its achievements in reforms during its tenure, whereas the army had the responsibility to display its capability to protect the people, serve the public interest and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity, the senior general added.
Their discussions focused on the announcement of official election results, follow-up responsibilities, the possibility of a meeting with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the government’s ongoing reforms and national peace process, Myanmar’s foreign relations, and prospects of better relations with the United States.
In the afternoon, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Tateshi Higuchi at the same venue.
Speaking of the military’s stance on politics, the commander-in-chief pledged the impossibility of backsliding due to the election results or other options, saying that efforts were being made to encourage remaining ethnic armed organisations to enter into the nationwide ceasefire agreement, which was signed in October.
“The army will continue to cooperate with other stakeholders in restoring peace and national development,” he said, promising that they would join hands with the incoming government to promote the welfare of the people of Myanmar.