Japanese foreign minister meets Myanmar leaders

Writer: 
Chan Wai Soe
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing. (Photo-Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services)

 

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing separately on January 12 in Nay Pyi Taw.

On 9.30 am on Saturday, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received a Japanese delegation led by Mr Kono at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They discussed bilateral relations and the promotion of peace and stability in the region.

The Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement concerning the meeting. It stated that Japan will continue its support for Rakhine State development, the peace process including re-accepting those who fled Rakhine State during clashes, and sustainable development projects suggested by Kofi Anan’s advisory commission.

It also noted that the upgrading of the Yangon-Mandalay railway project, scheduled to complete in 2023, means the trip will take only eight hours, and the Yangon-Taungoo railway project to be implemented before 2020 Japan, cutting travelling time to three-and-a-half hours. Japan will invest an estimated Y800 billion in these projects.

After the meeting, Mr  Kono and the State Counselor held a press brief.

In the afternoon, Mr Kono met with Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing at the Zeya Thiri Hall. Later, they visited the Japanese war cemetery in North Okkalapa, Yangon.