Myanmar, Japan to strengthen military cooperation
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Nay Pyi Taw, 27 May___
As there are historical relations between the militaries of Myanmar and Japan, the Myanmar Armed Forces will strengthen its cooperation with the Japanese military, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said on Tuesday morning at Zeyathiri Beikman Hall, where he met Gen Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of the Japan's Self-Defense Forces.

The senior general highlighted that this year not only marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan, which started in 1954, but it also coincides with that of the signing of the five principles for peaceful coexistence by Myanmar, China and India. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing expressed his army longs for a suitable democratic system, making a pledge that continuous steps will be taken until the set goal materializes.

He also talked of measures being taken for a complete settlement of conflicts with ethnic armed groups as well as for strengthening of both bilateral and international relations. Regarding nation-building activities, the Japanese general pledged his country's help to Myanmar, expressing his praise for host Myanmar's successful organization of the meetings of ASEAN defence ministers. He also promised greater cooperation between the two militaries.___Myawady

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