EU, Myanmar discuss bilateral ties, situation in Rakhine

BRUSSELS, The European Union and Myanmar have held a wide ranging dialogue that included political and economic issues as well as the situation of Internally Displaced Persons in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States.

This followed the first European Union-Myanmar Senior Officials’ Meeting that took place in Brussels Thursday, said an EU statement.

They also discussed the implementation of the recommendation of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State; accountability for human rights violations and related crimes; media freedom and labour rights as well as the repatriation of displaced persons from Bangladesh and Thailand.

The EU reaffirmed its continuous strong support for Myanmar’s democratic transition, peace and national reconciliation process and inclusive socio-economic development.

The meeting welcomed the EU’s important contribution to employment through the significant increase in Myanmar’s exports to the EU (47 percent increase in 2018) as well as through the substantial EU investment in the country.

Myanmar expressed its appreciation for the robust EU development assistance in Myanmar, 638 million euro (USD 713 million) for the period 2014-2020 and especially the EU support for reforms in education, agriculture, rural development and governance.

The EU-Myanmar Senior Officials’ Meeting was co-chaired by the Managing Director for Asia and Pacific of the European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand, and the Permanent Secretary of the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Myint Thu.

Source: Kuwait News Agency