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July 06, 2020

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets King of Belgium, PM and EU heads

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with Prime Minister of Belgium Mr. Charles Michel. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently in Brussels, Belgium on an official visit, met separately yesterday with King Philippe, Prime Minister H.E Mr Charles Michel and Mr Donald Tusk, Chairman of European Union.
Following  the meeting with King Philippe at the King’s Palace in Brussels, she held talks with Prime Minister Mr  Charles Michel over promoting bilateral cooperation and promoting capacity of the Myanmar Police Force  and  water management issue being assisted by Belgium.
They also discussed assistance to be provided by Belgium to national reconciliation, peace making and development of democracy in Myanmar.
After the meeting, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with President of the European Council Mr Donald Tusk at the EU Council Office.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed promoting the bilateral relations.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also clarified the government’s efforts for Myanmar’s transition to democracy, for national reconciliation and for eternal peace and for stability and development in Rakhine State.
Also present at the meetings were Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Myanmar Ambassador to Belgium U Paw Lwin Sein, Director-General of the Protocol Department U Thant Zin and officials.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gives a press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels. Photo: REUTERS

In the afternoon, Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, hosted a working luncheon in honour of the Myanmar delegation led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
During the luncheon, the State Counsellor and Mrs Federica discussed matters related to the government’s efforts for national reconciliation and peace, for stability and development in Rakhine state and EU’s assistance to Myanmar to achieve success in the country’s democratic transition.
Following the luncheon, they held a joint press conference at the EU Commission building, during which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Mrs. Mogherini, the EU’s top diplomat, disagreed on whether an international mission from the United Nations should look into alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar security forces against members of the Muslim community in Rakhine State.
“We are disassociating ourselves from the resolution because we don’t think the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground”, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
The State Counsellor said she would only accept recommendations from a separate advisory commission led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan. Any other input would “divide” communities, she added.
The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted the resolution brought by the European Union without a vote in March. China and India distanced themselves from the U.N. resolution.—Myanmar News Agency and GNLM

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