Following is the gist of the meeting between Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Myanmar State Adviser and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi:
Kishida: We welcome the birth of a democratic government supported by the majority of the people in Myanmar, with which Japan has had traditional friendly relations. I offer my congratulations. The Japanese government and private sector will join hands in supporting the new Myanmar government.
Suu Kyi: We are grateful for the Japanese people’s consistent kind support. I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes.
Kishida: Japan will offer full support in the Myanmar government’s priority areas, such as job creation, public health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, and the financial and monetary fields. Japan hopes for further national reconciliation (between the majority Burmese people and the minorities) and will also provide assistance in this area.
Suu Kyi: We attach great importance to the creation of jobs because this will bear on Myanmar’s long-term economic development. We would like to cooperate in agriculture because 70% of the Myanmar people are farmers. We are also interested in urban development and railway construction in Yangon.
Kishida: Japan has initiated a Japan-Mekong Region Partnership Program. In addition to infrastructure construction, building a stronger partnership through the enhancement of efficiency in customs inspection and human resources development will also contribute to Myanmar’s development.
Suu Kyi: I believe that we need not only roads and bridges but also cooperation between people.
Kishida: Japan would like to cooperate with Myanmar ahead of the ASEAN meetings. We attach great importance to the ASEAN community. We extend our heartfelt invitation for you to visit Japan.
Suu Kyi: I would love to see you in Japan next time.