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November 20, 2019

President U Thein Sein visits Indonesia for Asian-African Summit

President U Thein Sein being welcomed by officials on his arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia.
President U Thein Sein being welcomed by officials on his arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

President U Thein Sein left Nay Pyi Taw for Indonesia on Tuesday morning to attend the Asia-African Summit and related meetings.
The president will attend the summit, also known as the Bandung Conference, on April 22 and 23 in Jakarta, and he is due to attend the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian-African Conference and the 10th anniversary of the New Strategic Asian-African Partnership at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, senior ministers and officials from the Indonesian embassy in Myanmar saw off the president and union ministers Lt-Gen Ko Ko, U Aung Min, Dr Kan Zaw and U Ye Htut at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. The president and Myanmar delegation arrived at Halim Perdana Kusuma International
Airport in Jakarta at 2:20 pm local time.  The Myanmar delegation was welcomed by Indonesian social minister, the mayor of Jakarta, senior military officials and Myanmar ambassador to Indonesia.
President U Thein Sein and the delegation visited the families of the Myanmar embassy in the evening.
As many as 34 heads of state or government, including the Chinese president and the Japanese prime minister, will take part in the event. Additionally, 77 countries have confirmed their participation in the gathering with 3,600 delegates.
Six international organizations— the United Nations, ASEAN, Asian Development Bank, African Union, Arab League and South Centre— will attend the conference.
The first Asian-African Conference was held in 1955 in the Indonesian city of Bandung amid the emerging psychological cold war between two blocs – East and West. The Bandung Spirit later turned into the new Asian-African Strategic Partnership in 2005.

President U Thein Sein meets families of  Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia.
President U Thein Sein meets families of Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia.

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