Minister Reynders meets the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, in Brussels

date: 05 March 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders today met with the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, who is visiting Brussels as part of a tour of Europe.

During the meeting, Didier Reynders expressed his satisfaction with the important role played by the President in the process of opening up Myanmar and bringing democracy to the country, a process which started in March 2011. He encouraged him to pursue his continued personal commitment to political and economic reforms.

Minister Reynders in particular advocated for the unconditional release of all political prisoners, while hailing the releases that have already taken place. The setting up of a committee tasked with examining the question of the political prisoners is a step in the right direction. Didier Reynders also called for ethnic pacification in the country, in particular in the states of Kachin and Rakhine. Progress in the field of human rights will be taken into account by the European Union in its growing relations with Myanmar.

Didier Reynders also highlighted the increasing bilateral relations and visits between Belgium and Myanmar. He is looking forward to his next visit to Myanmar from 15 to 17 March. The goals of this visit are to develop solid bilateral relations, and to highlight Belgium’s support in the ongoing opening process. These contacts will strengthen both the political and the economic relations.