YANGON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and the United States have held a dialogue over human rights in Nay Pyi Taw, which marked a step forward in relations between the two countries, official media reported Thursday.
Myanmar delegation, led by director general of Legal and Consular Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry U Tha Aung Nyunt,and the US delegation, led by visiting Assistant Secretary of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner, attended the dialogue.
"This dialogue would promote mutual trust and bilateral ties between Myanmar and the U.S.," Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Zin Yaw was quoted by the New Light of Myanmar as saying.
The two sides held talks on effectiveness of labor law, the role of private sector on protecting labor rights and promotion of economic performance.
The two sides also discussed ways for protection of civilians in conflict areas, provision of humanitarian assistance to those regions, criminal judicial system, the role of court and judicial staff in the rule of law, crime and punishment, matters related to prisoners, laws enacted by the parliament, the role of civil society and future programs.
Myanmar side said the dialogue was just an initial but a good step forward in their common efforts to promote and protect human rights in Myanmar, expressing the belief that the two countries would be able to continue cooperation on the basic goodwill and mutual understanding for the benefit of the two peoples and the bilateral cooperation in the area would contribute to the closer cooperation in the regional and international forums.
The dialogue also involved Minister at the President's Office U Soe Thein and U Aung Min, and Immigration and Population Minister U Khin Yi from the Myanmar side, while the U.S. side included high ranking officials from the State Department and US Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell.
The dialogue was part of the Myanmar-U.S. activities about two weeks after the historic visits to the U.S. by President U Thein Sein and opposition leader and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi, ushering in a new stage in Myanmar-U.S.relations.