26 Dec '11, 5pm

Japan urges Myanmar to continue with reforms

Japan urges Myanmar to continue with reforms

TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Monday urged Myanmar to push forward its reform process, as the two nations agreed to launch talks on a bilateral investment accord, a report said. Gemba, the first Japanese foreign minister to visit Myanmar since 2002, met President Thein Sein and his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin in Myanmar's remote capital of Naypyidaw, Japan's Kyodo News reported. During the meeting, Gemba expressed Japan's readiness to assist Myanmar in transforming itself into a democratic country and reducing poverty, especially in rural areas, Kyodo said. "This visit will be a big turning point for Japan-Myanmar relations," Gemba told Wunna Maung Lwin, according to Kyodo, as they sat down for talks in the capital. Gemba urged more progress on reforms, which have so far seen the new nominally civilian government release some political prisoners and e...

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