Singapore foreign minister visits Myanmar

April 3, 2007
Singapore Democrats

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2 Apr 07

Singapore’s foreign minister George Yeo arrived Monday in military-run Myanmar on an official three-day visit, officials said.

“George Yeo came here at the invitation of the Myanmar government. He will stay here for three days,” an official at the Singapore embassy confirmed.

Myanmar’s information ministry said Yeo had arrived in Yangon and will travel Tuesday to the new administrative capital Naypyidaw to meet with senior officials.

Neither the ministry nor the embassy would provide further details on the trip.

Myanmar’s Prime Minister Soe Win has been hospitalised in Singapore for more than two weeks.

The junta insists that he is in good health and is merely there for medical checks, but exiled dissidents believe Soe Win’s health could be fading.

The junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe, also spent nearly two weeks in Singapore for medical checks in January.

Over the last three months, several firms in Singapore have signed contracts to search for natural gas in Myanmar waters.

However opponents to the regime have condemned the deals for throwing a monetary lifeline to the junta by reducing the effect of Western sanctions on the military.