Senior General Min Aung Hlaing welcomes Chief of Defence Force of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen. Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, holds meeting

Nay Pyi Taw February 5

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing welcomed Chief of Defence Force of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen. Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan with the Guard of Honour in front of Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw this morning.

The Senior General and the Thai General took the salute of the Guard of Honour and inspected it. Then, the Senior General and the Thai General introduced their senior military officers to each other.

Also present at the ceremony together with the Senior General were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, and senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army). The Thai General was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Defence Force Gen. Haspong Yuvarnavandhana, senior military officers from the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Military Attachés (Army, Navy and Air) of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
The Thai Chief of Defence Force signed the visitors’ book of the Zeyathiri Beikman and held talks with the Senior General at the parlour.

At the meeting, the Senior Ge-neral said Myanmar and Thailand sharing border with each other have inseparable culture and religion. So, the Tatmadaw is cementing friendly relations between the peoples of the both countries. The goodwill visit of the Thai General will further strengthen relations between the two countries, two armed forces and the peoples. Myanmar has been enhancing relations between the two countries since the Tatmadaw had taken State responsibilities. After 2011, chiefs of armed forces of the two countries could further cement friendly relations and start Myanmar-Thai high-ranking officers meeting (HLC).

The Thai Chief of Defence Force expressed his thank for arrangements during his good-will visit to hold the auspicious ceremony of offering rice and alms to 1,000 members of the Sangha on a grand scale on 4 February. Holding the donation ceremony between the two armed forces showed unity and amity between them. Cooperation bet-ween the two armed forces improves more, and he pledged to strive for achieving more development. As committees were formed at different levels between the two armed forces, friendly ties between the two countries promote more and they solve border problems in a smooth manner.

The Senior General said Myanmar started practice of multi-party democracy in 2011 but Thailand has been on the path of multi-party democracy for a long time under the leadership of the His Majesty King of Thailand. The Senior General disclosed that as the previous Chief of Defence Force of the Royal Thai Armed Forces gave advice on experience on the path of multi-party democracy in Thailand to him, successes were achieved in applying the advice. With the aim of building further friendly relations between Tatmadawmen of the both countries at different levels, Myanmar trainees were sent to Thailand. The Senior General noted the Thai Chief of Defence Force during his first goodwill visit to Myanmar started cooperation in culture and religion between the two countries, erecting a new milepost. Such cooperation strengthens friendly ties more between the two countries and the two armed forces.

The both sides cordially discussed further cementing friendly relations between the two armed forces of the two countries, sending of trainees and exchange of cultural troupes and sports contingents between the two armed forces, bilateral visits of war vessels, cooperation matters between the two armed forces at different levels, and endeavours of Myanmar in eternal peace processes.

After the meeting, the Senior General and the Thai Chief of Defence Force exchanged gifts and had documentary photo 
taken together with those present.

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