Japan PM Abe reassures Myanmar State Counsellor of support
NYAN LYNN AUNG The Myanmar Times Tuesday, OCTOBER 22, 2019
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Prime Minister of Japan Mr Shinzo Abe at the State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, 22 Oct.. Photo: MNA
TOKYO – Japan on Monday reaffirmed support for both public and private sectors of Myanmar as well as its commitment to providing maximum support for the country’s efforts to improve the situation in strife-torn Rakhine State.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured visiting State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of his government’s support as Myanmar transitions to democracy.
“Japan will continue to provide maximum support by bringing together both its public and private sectors.” Abe told Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during Monday’s meeting in Tokyo, where the de-facto Myanmar leader will attend the enthronement of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Abe meet for 15 minutes to discuss various initiatives on investment promotion, employment creation and the development of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon.
The two leaders also discussed Rakhine, the peace process in ethnic minority areas and regional concerns.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Abe sought Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s continued understanding and cooperation towards the early resolution of the North Korea abduction issue. Likewise, Abe promised that Japan will provide maximum support for Myanmar’s efforts to improve the situation in Rakhine.
“With regard to alleged human rights violations in Rakhine State, it is indispensable that the Myanmar government and military promptly take appropriate measures according to the recommendations of the Independent Commission of Enquiry,” Abe said.
The independent commission is headed by Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo. It is preparing a report on its findings about alleged human rights abuses in northern Rakhine during the military operations in late 2017 that drove over 700,000 northern Rakhine Muslims to Bangladesh.
The Japanese leader added that there is an essential need to create an environment conducive to the repatriation of refugees, and Japan will continue to provide support for advancing the peace process in ethnic minority areas.
The State Counsellor arrived Sunday in Japan for a four-day working visit and to attend the coronation of Emperor Naruhito at the invitation of the Japanese government.