The Myanmar commander-in-chief of Defence Services accepted a courtesy call from the outgoing New Zealand ambassador in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, officials said.
Myanmar and New Zealand have maintained diplomatic relations for over 55 years on a foundation of cooperation between the two countries’ armies, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told Mr Bruce Rata Shepherd, who has completed his tour of duty as ambassador of New Zealand to Myanmar.
He pledged greater cooperation with New Zealand in livestock breeding and technology and exchange of experience in management and administration in the military.
Discussing developments in the Kokang region, he emphasized the importance of humanitarian aid by government forces in cooperation with local administrative bodies and Red Cross organizations in restoring stability.
The New Zealand ambassador hinted at sending delegations to Myanmar to increase cooperation between the two countries’ armies, describing the conflict in Laukkai as a serious challenge facing the Myanmar army. Myanmar established a diplomatic relationship with New Zealand on
15 November 1958. New Zealand opened its
embassy in Yangon in September 2013, with Mr Bruce Rata Shepherd appointed as ambassador in October 2014.
In the afternoon, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing watched the final of the Commander-in-Chief’s Cup soccer tournament at the military sport ground in Nay Pyi Taw, in which the Eastern Command beat the Yangon Command 2-1.