Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr Sergey Lavrov at the Credentials Hall of the SAC Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
At the meeting, they frankly discussed marking the Diamond Jubilee ceremonies as the bilateral relations of both countries will turn 75 years in 2023, plans to open two Myanmar consulates to Russia in order to promote the diplomatic relations as Russia and Myanmar are close friends, efforts to be made for opening Russian consulates in Myanmar, plans of them to ally as permanent friendly countries and permanent allies, situations of governments of Russia and Myanmar to manage their internal affairs without external interference as Russia and Myanmar are sovereign countries, extension of Russia-Myanmar friendship associations, exchange of goodwill visits between governments from both countries and senior military officers, enhancement of cooperation in defence sector, cooperation in trade and economic sectors, enhancement of tourism services, religious affairs and culture sectors, sending of more civilian and military scholarship students, exchange of trainees for development of human resources, cooperation in humanitarian aid measures, and international and regional relations.
They also openly talked about committing the ruling party to have the position of upper hand in technological and social relations sectors in advance before the 2020 general elections, taking State responsibilities by the Tatmadaw under the State Constitution although the Tatmadaw requested the authorities to solve the voting frauds after the elections because those authorities did not solve such problems, committing terror acts although efforts were made to solve the vote-rigging in the election under the law, legally handing down sentences to those who committeed blewing up mines, assassination and murdering via terror acts, political changes in Myanmar, efforts being made for restoring internal peace, plans to hold the elections in line with the roadmap at a time when the country restores peace and stability under the political and security trends, and measures to build the Union based on democracy and federalism.
Also present at the meeting were SAC Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for International Relations U Ko Ko Hlaing, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Myo Htut and officials. The Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs was accompanied by Deputy Minister Mr Igor Morgulov, Russian Ambassador to Myanmar Dr Nikolay Listopadov and officials.
After the meeting, the Senior General and the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs exchanged gifts.
The diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Russia will turn 75 years on 18 February 2023. During the tenure of the SAC Government, efforts are being made to further promote trade matters between the two countries and two armed forces, science and technological matters, defence and other measures. The Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs who called on the SAC Chairman Prime Minister paid a visit to Myanmar in 2013 and held talks with officials. —MNA