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State Foreign Minister Nakane Meets with Union Minister for the Office of State Counsellor Kyaw Tin Swe of Myanmar

November 21, 2017

On November 21 (local time), Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with Mr. Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of State Counsellor of Myanmar, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar where the State Minister is visiting to attend the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. At the outset, State Minister Nakane congratulated Myanmar for the successful holding of the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and stated that the Japan will provide maximum assistance for rooting democracy and advancing economic development by bringing together its public and private sectors in Myanmar.

2. With regard to the situation in Rakhine State, State Minister Nakane expressed his serious concerns over the human rights and humanitarian situation, and called for restoration of security in accordance with law, resumption of humanitarian access, and return of displaced persons. In addition, the State Minister stated that he was encouraged by the efforts being undertaken by Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, for humanitarian assistance, return of displaced persons, and peace and stability among communities, and that the Government of Japan stands ready to provide maximum support for the initiatives carried out by the Government of Myanmar.

3. In reponse, Union Minister Kyaw Tint Swe appreciated Japan’s longstanding support to Myanmar and, regarding the situation of Rakhine State, explained that the consultation with Bangladesh on return of the displaced persons is making progress. Furthermore, he mentioned that the Myanmar government believes that improvement of transportation and electricity in Rakhine State is important and will also lead to job creation and economic development and appreciated Japan’s support in this regard. He stated that the Myanmar government stands ready to accept the international community’s support including international NGOs from countries in good relation like Japan.

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