President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin hosted a dinner in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Independence Day in the front lawn of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday evening. The President and First Lady arrived at the dinner at 6:30 pm and cordially greeted the guests individually.
Present at the dinner were State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and wife Dr Shwe Hlwan, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Mahn Win Khaing Than and wife Daw Nang Kyin Kyi, Chief Justice of the Union U Htun Htun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yee, Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U T Khun Myat and wife, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung and wife, Chairman of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, union ministers, the Union Attorney general, the Union Auditor General, the Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, the Chairman of the Peace Commission, the Chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, Central Bank of Myanmar Governor, Joint Chief of Staff (Army, Navy, Air), Anti-corruption Commission Chairman and senior military officers and their wives, chairmen of Hluttaw affairs committees, deputy ministers, Hluttaw representatives, representatives of political parties, departmental heads, diplomats of foreign missions and their wives and Resident Representative of UNDP and Heads of UN agencies and their wives, titles and honours recipients and their families and invited guests.
During the dinner, fireworks were set off nearby and the Myanmar Radio and Television presented entertainment programmes before and during the dinner. After the dinner, the President, First Lady and guests were entertained by the Myanmar Radio modern music troupe and artists from the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.—Myanmar News Agency