Germany and Myanmar
Enlarge image (© Guido Bergmann / BPA ) The Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (at the time Burma) established diplomatic relations in 1954. Since the opening of the country in 2011 as well as the lifting of EU sanctions in April 2013 (with the exception of the arms embargo), the bilateral relations have been normalized: After 25 years of interruption, both countries agreed to resume the development cooperation. In addition, cultural ties and media relations, the work of political foundations as well as humanitarian aid also have expanded significantly.
In 2014, which marked the anniversary year of 60 years of diplomatic relationship, several high-level visits took place and bilateral relations were further strengthened. The official visit of the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, in February in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw was followed by the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi in Berlin. In Germany’s capital, she met with the German Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, as well as the President of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert. In September 2014, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, came to Germany for his first official visit. There, he met with the German Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, and the then governing mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.