President U Thein Sein meets ethnic leaders in Kengtung

President U Thein Sein cordially greets RCSS/SSA Chairman U Ywet Sit at Golden Triangle Yeiktha  in Kengtung.
President U Thein Sein cordially greets RCSS/SSA Chairman U Ywet Sit at Golden Triangle Yeiktha
in Kengtung.
President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo with Chairman of Mongla Special Region-4 U Sai Lin and party.
President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo with Chairman of Mongla Special Region-4 U Sai Lin and party.
President U Thein Sein shakes hands with U Pauk Yu Yi and party of Wa Special Region-2.
President U Thein Sein shakes hands with U Pauk Yu Yi and party of Wa Special Region-2.

President U Thein Sein held meetings Friday with ethnic leaders in Kentung aimed at restoring peace and promoting regional development.
The president and party met with U Pauk Yu Yi of Wa Special Region-2, Chairman U Ywet Sit of RCSS/SSA and Chairman U Sai Lin of Mongla Special Region-4 separately at Golden Triangle Yeiktha in Kengtung.
The three ethnic leaders expressed support for the peace process of the government and reiterated their commitment to signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement.
President U Thein Sein and party also visited a Catholic Missionary Church in Kengtung and greeted the Catholic Bishop of Kengtung Peter Lewis Kyakhu, pastors of other Christian denominations and Christian youths on the same day.
The president and the chief minister of Shan State presented 500 bags of rice, 50 viss of edible oil and gifts for churches of the Catholic Missionary, Lahu, Shan, Arkha, Wa and the military station before posing for documentary photographs with the bishops.
The president and party then proceeded to the City Hall and met with local people. At the meeting, Chief Minister U Sao Aung Myat of Shan State and Union Ministers U Khin Maung Soe, U Myint Hlaing, U Win Myint and Lt-Gen Thet Naing Win reported to the president on regional development tasks, electricity supply, agricultural development, promotion of border trade and development of national races in the area.
After hearing reports, the president said in his speech that the government has been placing emphasis on stability and socioeconomic development while handling the transition between political systems with great care.
As a result, the transition has been smoother in Myanmar than in countries of the Middle East that have almost collapsed due to bloodshed and conflicts, the president said. After taking office, the government carried out political, administrative and private sector reforms,  while involving citizens in the reform process, the president added.
The government offered peace to armed ethnic groups within three months of taking office to fulfill the greatest wish of the people, he said, adding that although there are differences among national brethren, they all share a common love for the country.
The draft of the nationwide ceasefire agreement will be signed soon as a result of round table negotiations with national races, the president added, before saying that the ceasefire agreement will be followed by political dialogues.
In the area of economic reform, the government has taken measures to promote socioeconomic lives of rural people and to create job opportunities, according to the president.
Now almost everyone in Myanmar has a mobile phone and this contributes to development of education, health, economic and social sectors, the president explained.
Arrangements are under way to supply electricity to eastern Shan State and electricity will contribute to job opportunities as it will encourage industries, the president said.
Kengtung-Tachilek Road is in good condition and can be used in all seasons while three universities and a 200-bed hospital have been built in Kengtung, the president said.
In conclusion, the president urged local people to nurture the union spirit to end the 60 years of civil conflicts resulting from racism.
The president and party later proceeded to Kengtung University of Computer Studies and Kengtung Technological University and greeted faculty members warmly.
At the meeting with faculty members, the president urged them to nurture outstanding students who are competent, ethical, disciplined and filled with the genuine union spirit.

President U Thein Sein cordially greets Catholic Bishop of Kengtung.
President U Thein Sein cordially greets Catholic Bishop of Kengtung.
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