Participants in the reception in time with the 78th anniversary of Armed Forces Day of Myanmar pose at the country’s embassy in Seoul this week. Photo by Yeo Hong-il/Korea News Plus

Meeting hosted in time with the 78th anniversary of the day

On the occasion of the 78th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Amb. Thant Sin held a reception this week in Seoul.

The diplomat said that the day coincides with the anniversary of the 75-year Diamond Jubilee of Myanmar’s Independence from colonial rule.

Touching upon Myanmar’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society where it is home to eight major ethnic groups comprising over 100 ethnic nationalities, Thant Sin said, therefore, national unity is vital for political, economic, and social progress in Myanmar.

To highlight a milestone in achieving permanent peace in the country after the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the government and major ethnic armed organizations in 2015, he said that the government had never failed to facilitate peace talks with the remaining ethnic armed organizations.

Defense attache Brig-Gen Than Htike from the Embassy of Myanmar briefed that Myanmar Armed Forces had come into existence in parallel with the independence struggle and led the people from fascist revolutions.

Myanmar is actively participating in defense and security-related workshops, seminars, and conferences with ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners with the aim to strengthen existing cooperations and demonstrate as a responsible country to promote solidarity and maintain international peace and security, Brig-Gen Than Htike added.

Against this backdrop, since Myanmar and Korea have some similarities in their struggle for independence and national reconciliation efforts, Brig-Gen Than Htike hoped Myanmar would strengthen friendly cooperation at various levels toward gaining peace and stability in the region.

“I would like to reaffirm that Myanmar commits to working closely to enhance the existing momentum of Myanmar-ROK relations in the years to come,” he concluded.

Yeo studied German in Seoul. He has worked as a journalist for the past 40 years. He has mostly covered diplomacy, foreign schools, regional festivals, culture and other areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.