October 21, 2017
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France pledges health, education aid to Myanmar

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French President Francois Hollande met Myanmar  President Thein Sein on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Photo: Ye Htut / Facebook

French President Francois Hollande met his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein for talks to cement ties between their two countries here on Wednesday.

Thein Sein is paying his first state visit to France after ending his official trip to Britain, with an aim to seek further support and investment from western Europe to his country.

During their talks, the French leader urged the Myanmar president to continue the process of political transition and deepen economic reforms that began two years ago, said a statement released by Elysée Palace where the two leaders met.

He stressed the necessity of seeing that "all prisoners of conscience are released without condition and that recent intercommunal violence is fully investigated."

In the one-hour meeting, the French president told his Myanmar counterpart that France is willing to provide aid to the Asian country to help it develop health and education programs.

Local media reports said a number of projects, such as possible French investment in agriculture, water management, transportation infrastructure, energy and tourism, had been discussed at the meeting.

Prior to Wednesday's talks with Hollande, Thein Sein met with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and business representatives. He will conclude his visit and leave France on Thursday.

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