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Senior General Than Shwe sees off Prime Minister who will attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Nov - Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Than Shwe saw off Prime Minister General Thein Sein who left here by air to attend the 13th ASEAN Summit and related meetings to be held in Singapore at the Nay Pyi Taw Airport at 11 am yesterday.

Also present at the airport together with Senior General Than Shwe were Vice-Chairman of SPDC Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Maung Aye, Member of SPDC General Thura Shwe Mann of the Ministry of Defence, Secretary-1 of SPDC Lt-Gen Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo, Members of SPDC Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Lt-Gen Kyaw Win and Lt-Gen Khin Maung Than of the Ministry of Defence, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Vice-Admiral Soe Thein, Commander-in-Chief (Air) Lt-Gen Myat Hein, Military Affairs Security Chief Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Wai Lwin, Minister for Transport Maj-Gen Thein Swe and Deputy Minister Col Nyan Tun Aung, senior military officers, the Director-General of State Peace and Development Council Office and departmental heads.

Members of the delegation led by Prime Minister General Thein Sein include Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, Director-General Col Thant Shin of the Government Office, departmental heads and officials.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein arrives Singapore

NAY PYI TAW, 23 Nov - At the invitation of Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister General Thein Sein accompanied by Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, Director-General Col Thant Shin of the Government Office, Director-General U Kyaw Kyaw of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and departmental heads, left here by special flight and arrived at Changi International Airport in Singapore at 12.35 Singapore Standard Time on 19 November to attend the 13th ASEAN Summit, the 11th ASEAN+3 Summit, the 11th ASEAN+China Summit, the 11th ASEAN+Japan Summit, the 11th ASEAN+Korea Summit, the 6th ASEAN+India Summit and the 3rd East Asian Countries Summit in Singapore.

The Myanmar delegation led by Prime Minister General Thein Sein was welcomed there by Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win who had arrived in Singapore in advance, Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr George Yong-Boon Yeo and officials, Myanmar Ambassador to Singapore U Win Myint and officials.

Next, the Prime Minister and party left the airport in a motorcade and arrived at Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein meets Singaporean Prime Minister, Chinese Premier, Indonesian President, the Philippines President

NAY PYI TAW, 23 Nov - Prime Minister General Thein Sein called on Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong at Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore at 4 pm on 19 November.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein later met with Premier of the People's Republic of China Mr Wen Jiabao at Ritz Carlton Millenaia Hotel at 5.25 pm on the same day. The Prime Minister met Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President of the Republic of the Philippines Madame Gloria Ma-capagal Arroyo at 6.10 pm and 7.10 pm at Shangri-La Hotel.

At the meetings with the leaders of the States concerned, together with the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, Myanmar Am-bassador to Singapore U Win Myint and Director-General U Kyaw Kyaw of Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present.

Together with the Presidents and the Prime Ministers of the States concerned, the ministers and the senior officials were also present on the occasion.

Their discussions focused on ASEAN integration, consolidation and bilateral cooperation.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein attends Working Dinner of Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries

NAY PYI TAW, 23 Nov - Prime Minister General Thein Sein attended a working dinner of Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Countries at Waterfall Terrace of Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, the Republic of Singapore, at 7 pm SST on 19 November.

Also present at the working dinner were Brunei Darussalam King Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Lao PDR Prime Minister Mr Bouasone Bouphavanh, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, President of the Philippines Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and ASEAN Secretary-General Mr Ong Keng Yong.

At the dinner, the Singaporean Prime Minister extended greetings and explained the preparations for the 13th ASEAN Summit and tasks to be carried out in the future.

Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries took part in the discussions on ASEAN integration and regional and international issues.

In his speech on Myanmar's internal affairs, Prime Minister General Thein Sein said some protests occurred recently in Myanmar. Local authorities and officials concerned handled the unrest according to standing laws and procedures. The protests led to confrontation, and took the lives of nine people plus the death of a Japanese, he said.

He continued to say that world media exaggerated the news neglecting the actual facts, saying that the situation in Myanmar could harm international and regional peace and security.

The actual situations in Myanmar did not pose a threat to international communities let alone regional countries' peace and security, let alone the international community, he said. He thanked all countries which rightly understood the situations and supported Myanmar.

He added that Myanmar regained her normalcy and was now peaceful. The government tried to implement the seven-step Road Map in a smooth transition to democratic state, and is placing emphasis on national reconsolidation. As a third step of the seven-step Road Map, the Commission for Drafting the State Constitution has already been formed, and work for formulating the constitution was under way, he said.

He continued that mass rallies were held on large scale across the country to welcome and support the National Convention and the forthcoming constitution, and express the people's opposition to the recent unrest and their wish for peace. Taking the desire of the people into account, the government would make concerted efforts for the transition to democratic nation in peace and with development according to the seven-step Road Map. We firmly believed that we could solve the internal affairs in our own ways, he said.

In addition, he said Myanmar is closely dealing with both regional countries and global countries, and is cooperating with the United Nations. The suggestions and supports of the friendly countries and the UN were all respected. Also, the suggestions made by Mr Gambari, UN Special Envoy, were being implemented, he said. He added Mr Gambari, however, without any consultation or coordination in advance with the government of Myamar, had released a statement of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her behalf in Singapore on 8 November.

He continued that legal political parties and national races in Myanmar were displeased with this statement, and announced they objected to the statement. Such an act could cause hindrance to the process of national reconsolidation and that the government disapproved of such behaviour, he said.

He went on to say that on taking the suggestions of Mr Gambari into consideration, the government would weigh whether they would harm national policies - non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity, and perpetuation of sovereignty - and the seven-step Road Map. Otherwise, they would be accepted and implemented, he said.

He continued that the government had accepted the Professor Pinheiro's tour of Myanmar so as to cooperate with the UN Human Right Council and did its best to coordinate and cooperate with him.

He said he hoped that all ASEAN countries would stick to the fundamental principles not to interfere in the internal affairs of its member countries, truly understand Myanmar's delicate internal problems, and respect that Myanmar was solving its internal affairs with own ways that will be in conformity with the situations of the State, he said.

Later, Prime Minister General Thein Sein discussed Myanmar's concept on regional and international affairs. After the dinner, the Prime Minister returned to the hotel.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein participates in discussions in 11th ASEAN+3 Summit, 11th ASEAN+China Summit ASEAN seeks means to narrow development gap among members

NAY PYI TAW, 24 Nov - Prime Minister General Thein Sein attended the discussions at the 11th ASEAN+3 Summit and the 11th ASEAN+China Summit at Acacia Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on 20 November.

Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong welcomed Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries, the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea and the ASEAN Secretary-General.

Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries, Premier Mr Wen Jiabao of the People's Republic of China, Japanese Prime Minister Mr Yasuo Fukuda and President Mr Roh Moo Hyun of the Republic of Korea posed for documentary photo.

The summit was presided over by the Singaporean Prime Minister.

The Chinese Premier, the Japanese Prime Minister and the Korean President explained implementation and progress of ASEAN+3 programme, assistance provided for ASEAN integration, establishment of free trade areas together with ASEAN, the vital role of ASEAN, establishment of East Asian Community, cooperation in regional peace and stability, combating international terrorism, prevention against infectious diseases, energy security, climate change and environmental conservation.

The heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries discussed progress of cooperation in ASEAN+3, the second declaration on East Asian cooperation and work plan, setting up of ASEAN+3 funds, narrowing the development gap among ASEAN countries, implementation for suggestions of the East Asian Observatory Group, extension of trade and investment, extended cooperation in financial sector, designation of East Asian Free Trade Area, cooperation in development sectors, storage of fuel, efficient use of natural gas and substitute-fuel, environmental conservation and problem on climate change.

They approved the Second Joint Statement on East Asian Cooperation and the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Work Plan (2007-2017).

The ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN+3 was held at Island B Ballroom, attended by the heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and China, Japan and Korea.

Alternate Chairman of the ASEAN Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong unveiled the ASEAN Logo.

The 11th ASEAN-China Summit took place at the same venue at 4 pm.

The Chinese Premier explained cooperation between ASEAN and PRC, assistance of China for ASEAN integration, cooperation in emergence of a peaceful and developed society, combating narcotic drugs, food hygiene and security and environmental conservation.

The heads of State/Government of ASEAN discussed cementing friendly relations between ASEAN and China, development of trade and investment between ASEAN and China, establishment of a free trade area, peace and stability of Korean Peninsula and disarmament of nuclear weapons, combating international terrorism, peace and stability and development of East Asia, eradication of illegal narcotic drug and extended cooperation in other sectors.

Next, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Minister Mr Li Changjiang of PRC and ASEAN Secretary-General Mr Ong Keng Yong signed the MoU on Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary Cooperation in the presence of the heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and the Premier of PRC.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein attends 11th ASEAN-Japan Summit, 11th ASEAN-ROK Summit, 6th ASEAN-India Summit

NAY PYI TAW, 24 Nov - Prime Minister General Thein Sein attended the 11th ASEAN-Japan Summit, the 11th ASEAN-ROK Summit and the 6th ASEAN-India Summit at Acacia Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on 21 November.

Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong welcomed Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries including the Prime Minister of Myanmar who arrived there to attend the 11th ASEAN-Japan Summit.

Before the summit, the heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and Japanese Prime Minister Mr Yasuo Fukuda posed for documentary photo.

Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong presided over the summit.

The Japanese Prime Minister discussed solving of the problem of international terrorism, global climate change and prevention and preparedness against natural disasters, control of infectious diseases, increasing assistance for realization of the ASEAN goal, establishment of free trade area, promotion of trade and investment between ASEAN and Japan and establishment of East Asian Community.

The Heads of State/Government exchanged views on combating international terrorism, energy security, control of AIDS, cooperation in solving transnational crimes, security of territorial waters, development of human resources, promotion of trade and investment, more assistance to be provided by Japan for development and integration of ASEAN and establishment of East Asian Community.

The Japanese Prime Minister discussed the views of the heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and gave suggestions on promotion of cooperation between ASEAN and Japan.

The 11th ASEAN-ROK Summit commenced at 10 am at the same venue, presided over by Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Before the summit, heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and Korean President Mr Roh Moo Hyun posed for documentary photo.

The Korean President discussed promotion of relations between ASEAN and Korea, cooperation in economic sector, establishment of free trade area, setting up of East Asian Community, combating terrorism, peace and stability of Korean Peninsula and disarmament of nuclear weapons, establishment of ASEAN-Korea Centre and environmental conservation.

The Heads of State/Government exchanged views on peace and stability in the region, combating of international terrorism, energy security, eradication of narcotic drugs, preventing disturbances against communication network, setting up of ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area, establishment of ASEAN-Korea Centre to serve as the source of information and performance, ASEAN-Korea economic cooperation, continued assistance for ASEAN integration and technology transfer.

Next, the Korean President responded to the discussions of the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries.

The MoU signing ceremony between ASEAN and Korea took place at Island B Ballroom at 11.35 am.

Afterwards, Ministers for Foreign Affairs of ASEAN countries including Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Korea signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing the ASEAN-Korea Centre. Next, the Korean and the Singaporean Foreign Minister exchanged notes.

The Singaporean FM handed over the MoU to the ASEAN Secretary-General. Next, they posed for documentary photo.

ASEAN Economic Ministers including Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha and the Trade Minister of the Republic of Korea signed the Agreement on Trade in Services under the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation.

The Korean Minister for Trade and the Singaporean Economic Minister exchanged notes.

The Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industries handed over the agreement to the ASEAN Secretary-General. Then, they had documentary photo taken.

The Sixth ASEAN-India Summit took place at the same venue, presided over by Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Before the summit, heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh posed for a documentary photo.

The Indian Prime Minister discussed boosting of trade and investment between ASEAN and India, promotion of friendly relations between the peoples of both sides, development of human resources, greater coo-peration in health, science and technological fields, setting up of science and technological funds, establishment of East-West Corridor by extending air routes, water way and road transport between the two regions, narrowing of development gap among ASEAN coun-tries, poverty alleviation and setting up of free trade area.

The heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries exchanged views on extended implementation of ASEAN-India coopera-tion programme for sharing peace, develo-ment and profits, enhancement of education, training and efficiency, setting up of science and technology funds, establishment of ASEAN-India Free Trade Area and development of air routes, water way, railway link and road transport among the countries in the region.

The Indian Prime Minister responded to discussions of heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries for ASEAN-India cooperation and future plans.

At 1 pm, heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries, heads of China, Japan, India, Korea, Australia and New Zealand and the ASEAN Secretary-General attended the working luncheon at Banyan Ballroom.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein meets Indian Prime Minister

NAY PYI TAW, 24 Nov - Prime Minister General Thein Sein met Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at Madarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore at 7 pm on 20 November.

Also present on the occasion were Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, Myanmar Ambassador to Singapore U Win Myint, Director-General of Government Office Col Thant Shin and officials.

Together with the Indian Prime Minister, Minister of Commerce and Industry Mr Kamal Nath and senior officials were present.

The two Prime Ministers exchanged views on bilateral friendship and cooperation.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein attends dinner hosted by Singaporean Prime Minister

NAY PYI TAW, 24 Nov-Prime Minister General Thein Sein of the Union of Myanmar attended the dinner hosted by Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsien Loong and wife at Raffles Ballroom of Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore at 8 pm on 20 November.

Also present on the occasion were Brunei Darussalam King Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Lao PDR Prime Minister Mr Bouasone Bouphavanh, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, President of the Philippines Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Thai Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Premier of the People's Republic of China Mr Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of Japan Mr Yasuo Fukuda, President of Republic of Korea Mr Roh Moo Hyun, Prime Minister of NewZeland Mrs Helen Clark, Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia Mr Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar U Nyan Win, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, ministers from ASEAN nations, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand and deputy ministers, high-ranking officials and guests.

Before the dinner, heads of State/Government of ASEAN and East Asian countries had a documentary photo taken.

During the dinner, they were entertained with music and songs and dance of Singaporean cultural troupes.

Prime Minister General Thein Sein attends 13th ASEAN Summit Charter an important foundation for future of ASEAN

NAY PYI TAW, 23 Nov- Prime Minister General Thein Sein attended the 13th ASEAN Summit at the Acacia Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on 20 November morning and signed the Declarations of Singapore Summit.

Also present at the summit were Brunei Darussalam King Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Lao PDR Prime Minister Mr Bouasone Bouphavanh, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, President of the Philippines Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and ASEAN Secretary- General Mr Ong Keng Yong.

Before the summit, Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong welcomed the Heads of State/Government from ASEAN countries including Myanmar at the meeting hall. First, Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong presided over the 13th ASEAN Summit (Retreat) at 9 am.

The Singaporean Prime Minister explained the meeting agenda. Next, Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries exchanged views on cooperation among ASEAN countries, ASEAN integration, issuing of the ASEAN Charter, establishment of ASEAN Economic Society, sustainable conservation of environment, climate change and other regional matters. The Prime Minister of Myanmar expressed the opinion of Myanmar on solving the problem of international terrorism, control of rapidly infectious flu, matters related to energy sector, climate change and sustainable development. In his discussion on the ASEAN Charter, Prime Minister General Thein Sein said that adopting the ASEAN Charter meant that the Association was able to set up one of the milestones in 40 years; and that the Charter was an important foundation for the future of the ASEAN and would make the ASEAN an organization based on rules and regulations.

He added that ASEAN needed to make further progress and at the same time, it was required to preserve the fundamental principles that were being practised successfully and in unity for a long time among ASEAN countries. He said ASEAN Charter was required to strengthen the unity and integration of the mem- bers; and that members should not forget that ASEAN countries managed to build unity and general consensus out of diversity.

He said that ASEAN had been organized extensively encompassing all nations in South-East Asia step by step, overcoming a variety of difficulties; and that it was important not to cut off some branches of the ASEAN tree, which had become mature gradually in forty years, under an unnecessary excuse.

He suggested that ASEAN preserve the flexible mechanism that could be amended as necessary and that has been exercised successfully rather than the mechanism with strict and rigid rules and regulations.

He said ASEAN was not an ordinary association, but a community that had common vision and characteristics and could share joys and sorrows through mutual respects.

Next, Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries exchanged views on the ASEAN Charter and declarations to be signed at the summit, the declaration to be approved and work programme. Furthermore, the summit approved the motion calling for assigning duties to former Thai Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Surin Pitsuwan as new Secretary-General of the ASEAN as of 2008.

In the afternoon, they attended the Working Luncheon.

At 1.30 pm, the ceremony to sign the Singapore Declaration of the 13th ASEAN Summit was held at Island Ballroom. They signed the ASEAN Charter, the Declaration on Implementation of ASEAN Economic Society, the ASEAN Declaration on Environmental Sustainability and the ASEAN Declaration on Climate Change.

The Singaporean Prime Minister handed over the ASEAN Charter and the declarations to the ASEAN Secretary-General.

The Heads of State/Government proposed toasts in commemoration of the successful drawing of the ASEAN Charter.

Next, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN countries posed for documentary photos with members of the ASEAN Eminent Persons Group and officials.

The ASEAN Charter comprises 13 chapters such as the goal, fundamental principles, member countries, rights and responsibilities of the member countries, accepting of new members and ASEAN Summit in addition to the foreword.

The ASEAN Charter said that all ASEAN member countries must live in amity in the sustainable economic development region with common views; they must be respected for their sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity without interference in internal affairs of member countries; although there are many differences among the member countries, they must place emphasis on similar wishes and unity with friendly relationships among them; and they agreed to construct the ASEAN Society with three pillars such as ASEAN Security Society, the ASEAN Economic Society and ASEAN Social Cultural Society.

The Declaration on Implementation of ASEAN Economic Society states draft principles and strategic plans for emergence of the ASEAN Economic Society in 2015.

The ASEAN Declaration on Environmental Sustainability emphasizes environmental conservation and management, response to climatic changes and preservation of natural resources.

The ASEAN Declaration on the 13th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Tokyo Protocol states reduction of green-house in ASEAN countries, share of technologies suitable for the climate and cooperation in financial saving between two countries or regions and the global community.

Senior General Than Shwe welcomes back Prime Minister General Thein Sein

NAY PYI TAW, 23 Nov-Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Than Shwe welcomed back Prime Minister General Thein Sein, who arrived back here by air after attending the 13th ASEAN Summit and related meetings held in Singapore, at Nay Pyi Taw Airport at 11 am today.

Accompanying the Senior General, Vice-Chairman of the SPDC Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Maung Aye, SPDC Member General Thura Shwe Mann of the Ministry of Defence, Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo, SPDC members Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Lt-Gen Kyaw Win and Lt-Gen Khin Maung Than of the Ministry of Defence, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Vice-Admiral Soe Thein, Lt-Gen Myint Hlaing of the Ministry of Defence, Military Affairs Security Chief Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Thura Myint Aung, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Wai Lwin, Minister for Transport Maj-Gen Thein Swe, Deputy Minister Col Nyan Tun Aung, senior military officers, the director-general of the SPDC Office, heads of department, Singaporean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Robert Chua Hian Kong and officials also welcomed back the Prime Minister.

Members of the Myanmar delegation Minister for Foreign Affairs U Nyan Win, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board Dr Than Nyun, Director-General of the Government Office Col Thant Shin, departmental heads and officials also arrived back here on the same flight.