Myanmar needs to build equal relationships with its neighbouring countries, according to National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi.
Speaking at the Conference of the Community of Democracies in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on Monday, Suu Kyi said Myanmar is stuck between two powerful neighbours and that makes it necessary to establish equal relationships with these countries.
“Myanmar used to be a flourishing country before the military coup [of 1962]. At a time when the entire world is paying attention to our country ... we should protect democratic rights, whatever it takes.
“As all of you know, we still have ethnic conflicts in our country. We have pledged to become a Union using peaceful means to settle these disputes. The new process will surely take a long time. We have many similarities between Myanmar and Mongolia. For example, we are living very closely with two powerful neighbouring countries. We need to establish equal relationships with these countries. We have opportunities to learn from the experiences of Mongolia,” she said.
At the opening speech of the conference, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj praised Suu Kyi as a role model in her fight for freedom and democracy in Asia.