Myanmar First V-P affirms ties with S'pore

Myanmar's First Vice-President Sai Mauk Kham and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have affirmed the warm and longstanding bilateral relations between the two countries.

They also noted the growing people-to-people ties between Singapore and Myanmar.

Dr Sai called on PM Lee at the Istana yesterday, as part of his five-day official visit to Singapore which started on Sunday. He was also hosted to lunch by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, according to a statement from Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Dr Sai, who heads the ministerial committees on health and education in Myanmar, expressed a keen interest in Singapore's health-care and education policies, and had a wide-ranging discussion with PM Lee on these two topics.

Meanwhile, ESM Goh had an extensive exchange with Dr Sai on Myanmar's domestic developments and socio-economic reforms.

Dr Sai thanked PM Lee and ESM Goh for Singapore's support of Myanmar's development through the Singapore-Myanmar Technical Cooperation Programme, which was launched during Myanmar President Thein Sein's visit to Singapore in 2012.

Dr Sai also learnt that the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute in Yangon will start its classes next year.

He was also assured of Singapore's continuing support for Myanmar's development.

Yesterday, Dr Sai also visited Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and the Tuas South Incineration Plant. He was hosted to dinner by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister for Home Affairs, and Coordinating Minister for National Security.

Dr Sai will call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana today.

This article was first published on July 15, 2014.
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