Courtesy Call on Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, by Mr. Htay Oo, General Secretary, Union Solidarity and Development Party, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
June 14, 2012
On Thursday, June 14, commencing at 5:00 p.m. for around 30 minutes, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr. Koichiro Gemba received a courtesy call from Mr. Htay Oo, General Secretary, Union Solidarity and Development Party, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, who is visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
- Foreign Minister Gemba said he was delighted to meet General Secretary Htay Oo again following a visit to Myanmar in December last year, along with saying that the current relationship between Japan and Myanmar has been strengthened thanks to the efforts of General Secretary Htay Oo, and expressing his appreciation for General Secretary Htay Oo's efforts thus far. Additionally, Foreign Minister Gemba said Japan has played a leading role in discussions in the international community in saying that the international community should come together to encourage Myanmar's reforms, and that Japan will continue to employ an “all-Japan” approach in order to encourage initiatives in democratization, national reconciliation and economic reform. He also expressed expectations that further reform promotion will occur.
- In response, General Secretary Htay Oo expressed gratitude for support from Japan, along with saying that he, too, hopes to strengthen ties with Japan from here on out, and that the reforms Myanmar has pursued thus far will not be reversed.
- Additionally, Foreign Minister Gemba explained that Japan is moving ahead with preparations to extend support of approximately 1.6 billion yen for emergency responses to the current power crisis in Myanmar. In response, General Secretary Htay Oo said that the Government of Myanmar is also searching for solutions, and expressed appreciation that Japan is placing an emphasis on this issue and has decided to undertake support.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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