The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Defence Forces) is ready to sign the national ceasefire accord, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a meeting with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Mr Taro Aso on Tuesday.
Mr Taro Aso, who is also Japan’s Finance Minister, said that the role played by the armed forces is important to national development and stability. He praised Myanmar’s armed forces for being involved in rescue and rehabilitation tasks in flood-hit areas and said that these types of activities bode well with the public.
The Commander-in-Chief said that Myanmar’s armed forces have long been engaged in welfare activities, but that the public had no knowledge of this because the media was rarely invited to cover military activities. He said that the armed forces are now actively engaging with the media as part of its bid to improve its public standing.
He also pledged to help ensure that the upcoming general election is free and fair and expressed his willingness to promote relations between the country’s armed forces.
Also present at the meeting was Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Khin Aung Mynt, Chairman of Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association Mr Hideo Watanabe, Chairman of Nippon Foundation Mr Yohei Sasakawa and Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Tateshi Higuchi.
In the afternoon, the commander-in-chief left for Loikaw, Kayah State, and met military personnel and their family members.
He elaborated on importance of national unity and advised them to cast a favour vote to the one who can best serve the national interest.