Friday, May 11, 2012

Polish FM visits Thein Sein

Friday, 11 May 2012 12:35 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski met with Burmese President Thein Sein this week in Naypyitaw, the New Light of Myanmar said this week.

The pair exchanged views on economic development in Burma, the suspension and lifting of sanctions imposed by European Union (EU), targeted investment of Poland in factories, dockyards, rail transportation and energy sector as well as aid to human resources development and the technology sector, the article said.

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski speaks at a press conference with Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon on Thursday, May, 10, 2012. Photo: Mizzima / Lynn Bo Bo

The Polish foreign minister was scheduled to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), in Rangoon later on Thursday.

EU foreign ministers announced in Luxemburg on April 23 the suspension of most sanctions against Burma for a year, excluding an arms embargo. The EU's suspension of sanctions rather than complete lifting include a ban on investment and trade related to timber and mining.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in late April opened a representative office in Rangoon, a move towards establishing a full diplomatic mission in the future.

Ashton also announced a support package of up to 150 million euro (US$ 198 million) for use in Burma's agricultural sector. The EU is Asean’s second largest trading partner.

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