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September 19, 2018

State Counsellor meets with Singaporean leaders, gives lecture at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Singaporean President Mrs. Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Teo Chee Hean in Singapore yesterday.
Following the meetings, she gave a lecture at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (L) holds talks with Singapore President Mrs. Halimah Yacob at Istana Presidential Palace while on a working visit in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (L) holds talks with Singapore President Mrs. Halimah Yacob at Istana Presidential Palace while on a working visit in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor meets S’pore’s President
At 11 am local time, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Mrs. Halimah Yacob at the Istana Presidential Palace.
At the meeting, they discussed promoting bilateral relations between Myanmar and Singapore, and development of home-based traditional handicraft industries and exchanged views on educational affairs.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong at Istana Presidential Palace during a working visit in Singapore. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong at Istana Presidential Palace during a working visit in Singapore. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor, S’pore’s PM hold broad ranging discussion
Afterwards, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana Presidential Palace.
At the meeting, they cordially discussed matters related to promoting bilateral relations and cooperation, promoting trade and investment, and creating job opportunities, constructive support from Singapore for solving the Rakhine issue and further cooperation between the two countries in ASEAN and international arenas.
Afterwards, the State Counsellor and delegation attended a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Clarke Quay.
In the afternoon, the State Counsellor met with Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Teo Chee Hean at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
At the meeting, they cordially discussed and exchanged views on matters related to democratic transition and peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar, matters related to economic and investment issues and cooperation between the two countries in the ASEAN framework.
Also present at the meeting were Union Minister of the Office of the Union Government U Thaung Tun, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister from the Office the President U Min Thu, Ambassador of Singapore to Myanmar U Htay Aung and officials concerned.
Afterwards, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Foreign Minister of Singapore Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, members of the Board of Directors of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Professor Wang Gungwu, President of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Board of Trustees, and Mr. Choi Sing Kwok, Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Mr.Teo Chee Hean during a working visit in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Mr.Teo Chee Hean during a working visit in Singapore on 21 August 2018. Photo: MNA

“Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and the Way Forward”
Afterwards, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave a lecture titled “Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and the Way Forward”.
The ceremony was opened with the address by Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Teo Chee Hean.
In her lecture, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talked about Myanmar’s transition processes, five goals and three pillars of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, which could also be seen as a roadmap for the country’s transition, efforts of the Myanmar government for resolving the Rakhine issue and cooperation with UN agencies, reforms and relaxation of rules for the economic sector and investment in Myanmar, situation of the education and health sectors in Myanmar and cooperation between Myanmar and Singapore.
The State Counsellor and officials concerned also replied questions raised by the attendees there.
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute is a Singaporean statutory board and research institution established by an Act of Parliament in 1968.
Previously known as the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-ISEAS, the organization was renamed as the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015, in honour of Singapore’s first President.
The institute is conducting research programmes under the titles Regional Economic Studies, Regional Strategic and Political Studies and Regional Social and Cultural Studies.
The country-focused programmes are meant to complement the institute’s three basic disciplinary programmes, with the cross-affiliation of researchers between the two sets of programmes helping to encourage research projects which are more comparative in nature and are conceptually bolder.
The five country-specific programmes are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
ISEAS books and journals are distributed to over 100 countries worldwide and are available in both electronic and print versions, via the bookshop located within the institute and its website.
In the evening, the delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the Myanmar Embassy and met with staff of the embassy.
Following the meeting, the delegation attended a dinner hosted by Myanmar Ambassador U Htay Aung.
After the dinner, the State Counsellor and party visited the Gardens by the Bay.— Myanmar News Agency

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