Deputy Ministers, Japanese Ambassador visit Maungtaw
28 May, 2018
A Delegation led by Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, U Soe Aung, andJapanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama, along with Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin, and Rakhine State Minister U Kyaw Lwin, went by a helicopter from Sittway to the Taung Pyo Letwe Town in Maungtaw District.
The deputy ministers and Japanese Ambassador then traveled to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, where they were welcomed by Maungtaw District Deputy Commissioner U Ye Htut. U Ye Htut explained the situation on the border, the settling of people near the border, how Bangladesh monitors the Myanmar side of the border with CCTV surveillance, and how certain organizations wre providing assistance illegally.
The group then inspected the border area from the border guard outpost at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.
The Japanese Ambassador talked with those people settling near the border and asked them about their returning to Myanmar and whether they were aware that the government was issuing NV cards.
The group then traveled to a basic education high school in Northern Kyainchaung village and met with Rakhine, Maramagyi, and Hindu people there. U Ye Htut explained about houses being built there and the peaceful coexistence of people from different communities.
The Japanese Ambassador explained that he was visiting so he might learn about the true situation in Maungtaw District, and encouraged people to tell him their true stories concerning violent attacks. The local residents spoke about their immediate needs and the Ambassador continued asking questions.
The Ambassador then toured the two storey school building within Kyainchaung high school, which was donated as a symbol of Japan and Myanmar’s friendship.
The group next traveled to the housing project in Southern Kyainchuang village, where U Ye Htut and CITF project engineer U Tin Soe explained about the projects’ progress. The group then toured the construction site and later traveled to Pan Taw Pyin village to meet with Muslim residents.
The Ambassador asked the Muslim residents of the village about their security, education, healthcare, aid from the Union Government, and peaceful coexistence among the residents, before viewing houses under construction in the village.
The deputy ministers and the Ambassador then traveled to Hla Pho Khaung transit centre via helicopter, where they were welcomed by Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Khin Maung Tin.
Deputy Commissioner U Ye Htut and project engineer U Tin Soe also explained about the transit centre’s current and future construction plans.
The Ambassador then met with those who had returned voluntarily and asked about the living conditions in the neighboring country, Myanmar’s repatriation process, the transit centre’s security and healthcare services.
The party led by deputy ministers and the Ambassador returned to Sittway in the evening.
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