YANGON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein held talks with visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to the President's Office.
U Thein Sein thanked New Zealand for the financial assistance provided for the sector of agriculture and humanitarian aid given to the Rakhine victims, saying Myanmar wants New Zealand to help in rehabilitation work in areas where peace has been achieved, especially in the sectors of education and health.
He invited New Zealand entrepreneurs to come and make investment in areas which can create job opportunities, such as crop growing, fishing, electric power, livestock breeding, mineral exploration and human resources development.
Key, who arrived in Yangon on Wednesday on an official visit, recognized Myanmar's progress made in a short period under the leadership of U Thein Sein, saying that New Zealand is to open an embassy in Myanmar to boost bilateral ties.
He invited U Thein Sein to visit New Zealand in the future.
On Thursday, Key also met with opposition leader and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi.
Flying over from Phnom Penh at end of the 21st East Asia Summit, Key is the first New Zealand leader setting foot on Myanmar in 54 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and New Zealand in November 1954.