Six-way talks tackle country’s pressing political issues

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PhotoNay Pyi Taw, 10 April— Six-way talks aimed at solving Myanmar’s political issues took place Friday at the Presidential Palace in response to an urgent call by the parliament a few months ago.
The talks involved President U Thein Sein, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint, Defence Services Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, National League for Democracy Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Amyotha Hluttaw Representative Dr Aye Maung, who represented the country’s ethnic parties.
President U Thein Sein said the talks were aimed at ensuring inclusive participation in the politics of Myanmar as a nascent democracy.
Meetings that preceded the six-way talks focused on peace building, national consolidation, improving the nation’s socioeconomic status and holding free and fair elections — all national goals requiring immediate action,  the president said.
He said the decision-making process should be objective and impartial.
Thura U Shwe Mann, U Khin Aung Myint, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr Aye Maung had open and frank discussions.
Following the six-way talks, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut, who is also spokesperson for the president, said the talks reached an agreement on the form and timetable of follow-up meetings. He described the meeting as successful, citing the ties of kinship among the participants. The next round of talks will be announced after coordination at parliament, he told the media. MNA

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