Commanderin-chief heads to EU meet
SENIOR General Min Aung Hlaing will discuss the role of the Tatmadaw in democratisation at a meeting of the European Union Military Committee tomorrow.
The commander-in-chief “will present the defence landscape in his country, in light of its progressing transition toward democracy and national reconciliation”, the EUMC said in a statement.
The session comes as part of a twoday meeting this week in Brussels.
The Tatmadaw-run Myawady news outlet reported that Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing departed Yangon on November 5 to attend the EUMC meeting at the invitation of the EUMC chair, General Mikhail Kostarakos.
During the trip, Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing will meet EU defence and civilian leaders. According to an agenda of the two-day EUMC meeting, the address by Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing is the only dedicated session offered to an Asian military figure, highlighting the Tatmadaw’s ascendance in recent years in the eyes of Western leaders who had long vilified the institution over its poor human rights record.
Gen Kostarakos travelled to Myanmar in June, meeting with Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister for Defence Lieutenant General Sein Win.
The third most powerful member of Myanmar’s Defence Services, General Mya Tun Oo, and other senior military officers have joined the commander-in-chief in Europe this week.