Myanmar ministers speak on direct engagement with U.S.

16:37, May 12, 2010      

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Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win has expressed hope that the present direct engagement between Myanmar and the United States would promote bilateral relations, official media reported on Wednesday.

Meeting with Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia of the United States, in the latter's trip to Nay Pyi Taw recently, U Nyan Win said Myanmar wanted to cement relations with all the global countries, including the United States and the attitude of the U.S. played an important role in promoting Myanmar- U.S. relations, according to the details of talks between the pair released by official media.

He regretted that "imposing economic sanctions, restriction of visa and putting pressure of the U.S. has resulted in Myanmar-U.S. relations dwindling".

On direct engagement program which has been implemented for about eight months in New York and Nay Pyi Taw, U Nyan Win called for talks based on positive attitude for promoting bilateral cooperation, expecting topic-wise discussions with the U.S. on cooperation matters will go on.

Meeting with Campbell, Myanmar Minister of Science and Technology U Thaung stressed the need to jointly set up good relations between the two countries during the period of the seven months when relations were normalized again, but criticizing that U.S. Senate's decision to extend sanctions against Myanmar for another year was not constructive and pointing out that the move showed a different approach towards Myanmar.

In his response to Campbell for his opinion of international concern over Myanmar-Democratic People's Republic of Korea relations, U Thaung said that Myanmar had publicly announced that it agreed to follow the U.N. Security Council resolutions, while maintaining and protecting its national sovereignty.

Source: Xinhua
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