Myanmar Independence Day observed

By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Feb. 13
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the Democratic Federal Republic of Nepal Thiri Pyanchi U Tun Nay Lin hosted a reception here this evening.
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun was the chief guest at the function.
Speaking at the function, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Thiri Pyanchi U Tun Nay Lin said that “Since the establishment of the diplomatic relationships between Nepal and Myanmar on 19 March, 1960 at an ambassadorial level, both the nations have been enjoying the relationship at cordial and fruitfully.”
“Besides various other issues, Buddhism is common practice embraced by the people of both countries. Thus, the pagoda and a monastery constructed by the Myanmar in Lumbini have contributed in the increment of the tourists from Myanmar to Nepal,” said the envoy.
“Myanmar and Nepal share many common cultural heritage, social and religion tradition. Thus, these similarities in value have helped both the countries to better comprehend each other,” envoy added.
“The number of Nepali origin living in Myanmar is estimated at over 200 thousands could be said as a bridge of the two countries at the people’s level,” added the envoy.
“We have also hundreds of brave Gurkhas in our national army,” added the envoy. 
“After successfully dislodged the internal buffers now with the good leadership Myanmar has transformed the country into a friendship bridge networking with world powers and regional groupings,” informed the envoy.
Ambassador Nay Lin also read out the message of the State Councilor Ms. Ang Sang Suu Kyi who is also a winner of Nobel Peace Prize at the function. 
The ceremony was attended by a number of high ranking Nepal-government officers, former ministers, public figures, ambassadors of the various countries serving in Nepal, journalists and a number of members of the various communities in Nepal.
Myanmar celebrates Independence Day every 4th of January marking the declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. The day is also remember not just the 1920 protests, but also the key role played by students in the creation of modern day Myanmar. “But this year due to technical difficulties, it observed today only,” informed the Myanmar ambassador.

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