Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets Chairperson of the National Assembly H.E Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
Nay Pyi Taw March 7
The Tatmadaw, the government and the party need public trust and reliance. The people’s involvement in the Tatmadaw’s national defence task is a must. This task needs public participation.
Public interest must be protected and served while seeing the people as the parents. The Tatmadaw is making collective efforts for the good of the country and enabling it to stand tall in the world, said Commanderin- Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at his meeting with the Chairperson of the National Assembly H.E Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the assembly at 4.45 pm local standard time yesterday.
Also present at the call together with the Senior General were Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, senior military officers, Myanmar Ambassador to Vietnam U Kyaw Soe Win and Military Attaché Col Aung Kyaw Oo. The Chairperson was accompanied by Deputy Minister for National Defence Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Head of Foreign Relations Committee Mr. Vu Hai Ha and officials.
The Chairperson of the National Assembly said Myanmar and Vietnam have been friendly countries since the times of national leaders Ho Chi Minh and General Aung San. Vietnam thanked Myanmar for its assistance in reform processes. The Chairperson said she attended the ASEAN parliamentary meeting hosted by Myanmar in September 2016. She would never forget Myanmar’s tradition of hospitability. She said she met with the President, Hluttaw speakers and high-ranking officers and they agreed to promote cooperation between the two countries and between the two parliaments. She also had the chance to study the discussions made by Myanmar Tatmadaw representatives in parliament. She knew very well the 25 percent participation of Tatmadaw representatives in parliament under the Constitution.
The Senior General then expressed thanks to the Chairperson for explaining Myanmar’s changes and developments she learned during her visit to the country. Although Vietnam has long been exercising democracy, Myanmar had to take multi-party democracy path only in 2011. Take at a look at the history, the country exercised the parliamentary system from 1948 to 1958. The country is said to be the one which made a start with many wars even though the country regained her independence. The successive governments have had to solve internal armed conflicts. The Tatmadaw had to control the country’s situations as the caretaker government in 1958 and the Revolutionary Council in 1962. The Socialist System established in 1974 achieved little success. Due to the general weaknesses, that system had collapsed in 1988. The Tatmadaw government had to take over the country’s power as the government was not in a position to govern the country at that time. Then, the Tatmadaw strived to transform into the multiparty democracy system. Thus, the Tatmadaw is making continued cooperation to ensure the country on the right path to democracy. It shows that the history of the country is always interrelated with that of the Tatmadaw. He explained that the Tatmadaw holds 25 percent of seats in parliament due to the historical records.
Then, the Hluttaws with heavy duties have many responsibilities such as drawing and enactment of laws and enforcement of the laws. So, Myanmar will try hard to implement similar system.
Next, the Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam said the two countries have been strengthening good political relations. Both countries should promote greater cooperation in economic sector. Both countries have agreed the cooperation between the two armed forces. It needs to continue further promotion. The people from Vietnam rely on the Vietnamese armed forces. She expressed her firm belief for development of Myanmar’s economy as the latter has good infrastructures and human resources.
After the meeting, the Senior General presented the commemorative emblem and gifts to the Chairperson of National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and posed for documentary photo together with delegation members.
The Myawady Daily