Burma/Myanmar – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (March 30, 2016)


France offers its warm congratulations to Htin Kyaw, President of the Union of Myanmar; to Aung San Suu Kyi for her appointment as minister of foreign affairs, education, electricity and energy, and as minister of the President’s Office; and to the entire government on this inauguration day.

I applaud the long, brave battle waged by Aung San Suu Kyi and all those who stood by her and made so many sacrifices for democracy and freedom. I offer her my best wishes for success in her new duties and am delighted that she may now officially speak to the international community on behalf of the Burmese people.

France stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Burmese people in this latest stage of their democratic transition and assures them of its full support as they face new challenges.