Myanmar president to visit PH

Posted at 11/26/13 12:35 PM

MANILA – Mynamar President Thein Sein is set to visit the Philippines this December, the Department of Foreign (DFA) said.

The DFA said Myanmar's post-junta leader will be in the country from December 4 to 6 for a state visit, upon the invitation of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

The two leaders will meet to discuss issues of mutual concern, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, agriculture, energy, cultural exchanges and information cooperation, among others, the DFA said.

They will also discuss regional issues, including Myanmar's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2014.

The DFA said Thein Sein's December visit in the Philippines would be his first since he assumed power in 2011.

"The last time a head of state from Myanmar visited the Philippines was in 2005 when Prime Minister Soe Win visited Manila," the DFA said.

Aquino and Thein Sein had their first meeting in the country's capital of Nay Pyi Taw last June 7 during the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia hosted by Myanmar.

The Philippines and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1956 and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their relations in 2016.

The DFA also noted that Myanmar donated seven tons of relief goods and US$100,000 to the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in central Philippines.