Mon 3 Feb 2014
Filed under: International,News
German President Joachim Gauck is scheduled to lead a high-level delegation of parliamentarians and Germany business leaders to Myanmar next week as part of a regional tour.
Mr Gauck will spend February 4-9 in India, meeting civil society groups and business organisations and holding political talks in Bangalore and New Delhi, before travelling to Myanmar from February 9-12, according to the German government.
The German embassy in Yangon has not yet confirmed Mr Gauck’s itinerary, including who he will meet during the visit, but he is expected to attend the opening of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Germany. Mr Gauck will become the first German president to visit Myanmar since Richard von Weizsäcker in 1986.
Guido Westerwelle became the first German foreign minister to visit Myanmar in late April 2012. During the trip he met President U Thein Sein and National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Wolfgang Thierse, the then-vice president of the German parliament, followed last year.