SEPANG – Myanmar President U Thein Sein arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to attend the 26th ASEAN Summit.
The private Myanmar Airways International aircraft ferrying the president and his wife, Daw Khin Khin Win, landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here at 12.19 pm.
He was given a red carpet welcome and inspected a 28-strong guard of honour mounted by the Sixth Royal Ranger Regiment.
Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was at the Bunga Raya Complex at the airport to welcome the president.
He told Bernama that the ASEAN Summit this time, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was very important towards spearheading the formation of the ASEAN Community 2015 by year-end.
“The benefits of the ASEAN Community will be felt by all the member states which represents a huge market of more than 600 million, which can translate into a new force among the current global blocs,” he added.
Commenting on relations between Malaysia and Myanmar, he said it had become closer with the resolution of a number of issues in the spirit of ASEAN.
The two-day 26th ASEAN Summit which begins today will be held in Kuala Lumpur and the northern island of Langkawi.
Formed in 1967, ASEAN comprises 10 countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Malaysia previously hosted the ASEAN Summit in 1977, 1997 and 2005. – BERNAMA