S Korean navy visits Myanmar

Two South Korea naval vessels, ROKS Choi Young and ROKS Cheonji, have docked at Thilawa in Myanmar in a move to increase military cooperation between the two countries.

It is the first such trip by South Korean ships to Myanmar.

"After Myanmar commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing visited South Korea in September, our ships came to Myanmar. The trip was intended to increase corporation between the countries," said naval officer Chun Jungsoo.

The commander-in-chief's visit to South Korea was the first in over forty years of diplomatic relations between two countries and he met South Korean president Park Geun-hye to discuss military cooperation.

"The naval ships represents the army and the country where they are docked will have a strong relationship with us. We believe both navies will establish stronger ties, increasing links with both armies," said South Korean ambassador Lee Baek-soon.

The two naval vessels will visit 11 other countries with 650 of naval personnel and cadets. They will stay in Myanmar for four days.

South Korea navy contributed aid to the Myanmar Red Cross, the sailors will visit naval bases and sailors from the Myanmar navy will board the warships. The South Koreans will salute martyr mausoleum and other events include sporting matches, concerts and volunteering at schools for orphans.