Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Ambassador of Australia to
Myanmar Mr Nicolas
Coppel and Laotain Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Lyying Sayaxang separately in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
At the meeting with the Australian ambassador, the senior general said that although Kokang insurgents said that they were not fighting against the government but they were attacking Tatmadaw forces, Kokang Self-Administered Zone is a part of the union and the Tatmadaw had to defend the area when the insurgents attacked government offices, individuals and camps. The senior general added that the best way to restore stability in the area was the military administration. He invited positive assistance from Australia at the meeting.
At the meeting with the Laotian ambassador, the senior general said that Myanmar will cooperate with Thailand and Laos to eliminate drugs in the Golden Triangle Region and called on the ambassador to open border gates for trade and exchange of visits between the two people.
Also present at the occasions were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and senior officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army).