05 May '11, 11am

Myanmar president in Indonesia for state visit: JAKARTA: Myanmar President Thein Sein is in Indonesia for a stat...

JAKARTA: Myanmar President Thein Sein is in Indonesia for a state visit aimed at enhancing bilateral and regional ties. It is his first overseas trip since he became President in March. President Thein Sein was given a ceremonial welcome at the Merdeka Palace by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The two sides are cooperating on a range of issues, including politics and security. Indonesia is reportedly keen on sharing with Myanmar its experience in transitioning from autocratic rule to a democracy. The gradual withdrawal of the military from politics was also discussed. The two leaders also talked about business and investment opportunities. Indonesia is keen to explore investing in Myanmar's energy and agriculture -- two priority sectors for Jakarta. Regional issues were also on the agenda. President Thein Sein is scheduled to attend the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta over the...

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