Japanese PM to visit Myanmar

Yangon, May 21 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay a state visit to Myanmar soon, an official announcement said here Tuesday.

According to Japanese media, Abe is to arrive in Nay Pyi Taw Friday for a three-day visit.

He will be the first Japanese prime minister visiting the Southeast Asian nation in 36 years since 1977 when former Japanese prime minister Takeo Fukuda came to Myanmar.

Abe is expected to hold talks with President U Thein Sein on the enhancement of bilateral relations, reported Xinhua.

Accompanied by several dozen business leaders who are interested in investing in the country, Abe is also expected to push economic cooperation with Myanmar during his visit.

New relations between Myanmar and Japan have opened up after President U Thein Sein paid a first historic visit to Japan in April 2012.

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