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President Tan on first state visit to Myanmar, marks deepening ties

Published on Mar 31, 2013 6:15 PM
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President Tony Tan Keng Yam will arrive in Myanmar on Monday, April 1, 2013, on a state visit that is a first by Singapore since both countries established diplomatic ties in 1966. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

PRESIDENT Tony Tan Keng Yam will arrive in Myanmar tomorrow (Mon) on a state visit that is a first by Singapore since both countries established diplomatic ties in 1966.

The five-day visit is at the invitation of Myanmar President U Thein Sein. It marks the deepening ties between Singapore and Myanmar since the reform-minded former general assumed his position in 2011.

President Tan's first official stop will be at Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, where he will receive a ceremonial welcome. He will call on and be hosted to a state banquet by President Thein Sein, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday (Mar 31).

He will also meet the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Thura U Shwe Mann and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League of Democracy, the main opposition party.

 
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