Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thein Sein mentions popular TV dramas in South Korea

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:10 Mizzima News    

Burma’s President Thein Sein said on Monday he feels close to South Korea because he is familiar with the country’s TV dramas which run daily on Burmese television, and he expressed hope the country would help Burma develop economically and socially.

President Thein Sein visits Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute in Seoul on Oct. 8, 2012. Thein Sein arrived in South Korea for a three-day state visit that will focus on economic ties and include a tour of military-related companies. Photo: President's office

Thein Sein arrived in Seoul on Monday for a three-day visit ahead of a planned summit with President Lee Myung-bak.

Thein Sein called on the South Korean government and Korean firms to play an active role in rebuilding the Burmese economy, which has been held back by decades of rule by a military junta, which, because of its human rights record, failed to attract the support of the international community.

Thein Sein, who was named to lead the new civilian government in 2010, also expressed a positive stance about business prospects following the adoption of an accord this week between Burma and a South Korean consortium on developing a gas-fired power plant in Rangoon to help alleviate the country’s chronic shortage of electricity.

He also repeated that in the event Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi qualify to serve as president, he will accept the results. However, currently Burma’s Constitution bans Suu Kyi from serving as president because she has family members who are citizens of a foreign country.

Suu Kyi’s political party, the strongest opposition party, said on Monday that it plans to propose a constitutional amendment in Parliament that would allow her to serve as president in 2015.

During his three-day stay in Korea, Thein Sein will also meet with leaders of South Korea's four major business organizations and visit industrial facilities and the training center for the Saemaeul, or the New Community Movement. Korea successfully implemented the rural development movement in the 1970s.

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