Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Secretary-General congratulated President Thein Sein for his exemplary leadership and the people of Myanmar on the successful conduct of the historic elections held on 8 November. He underscored the statesmanship of the nation’s leaders.

The Secretary-General stressed the need for all stakeholders to work in a spirit of unity, reconciliation and cooperation to address the major challenges confronting the nation, including those of national reconstruction, stability and development. He agreed that peaceful transfer of power was essential for the future of Myanmar.

The Secretary-General added that the UN would continue to work closely with Myanmar as it moved forward on the path toward a peaceful, inclusive multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 November 2015