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STrENGTH OF THE PEOPLE — Myanmar to be made strong by using the strength of the people to push foreign policy

Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi clarifies the foreign policy to diplomats.
Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi clarifies the foreign policy to diplomats.

FOREIGN Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Friday stressed the importance of people-to-people engagement regarding the formulation of foreign policy, saying that the best relations between different countries can be fostered by the peoples of those countries.
At a meeting with diplomats both from at home and abroad in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday she said the government would adopt a people centered policy, emphasising the relations between the peoples of nations, creating friendly and cooperative relations between them.
Clarifying the country’s foreign policy, she recalled that since the country regained independence in 1948 it has adopted an independent, non-aligned and active foreign policy direction, dealing closely and warmly with not only neighbouring countries but also the nations of the world.
She also pledged that Myanmar would actively participate in regional and international arena while working for its development.
Regarding the approach to issues in the world, Myanmar will be able to approach problems with sincerity, goodwill and genuine friendship despite not being a powerful country, she said.
She emphasised the strategic location of Myanmar in Southeast Asia and South Asia, as the country is geopolitically important despite being faced with many challenges.
The government is trying to build the country to  be as strong as possible, taking into consideration the people of the union as a source of strength.
“Economic development and social development can come only if the people become actively involved in building up a nation,” she said, “we, our government, cannot do it on our own without the participation of the people.”
She also stressed the importance of diplomacy, saying that diplomats must ensure that people get to  know one another in a friendly and cooperative way, adding that diplomacy is the ability to make differences to come together for the harmony of all.
Asked about the money laundring issue in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi replied that the government is combating money laundering in all aspects, pledging that the government would take further action to eliminate any and all money laundery in the country.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s official meeting with foreign diplomats in her capacity as  foreign minister is the first after the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 1 April.

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