Myanmar President Thein Sein received a 21-gun salute from New Zealand’s navy and other defence personnel as he was welcomed to the country by Governor General Lt-Gen. Sir Jerry Mateparae.
Thein Sein was also treated to a demonstration of the “haka,” a traditional Maori war dance more recently made famous by the New Zealand rugby team.
President Sein and the Governor-General will give a speech at a state dinner on Thursday evening at Government House, following official talks between the two governments, according to Radio New Zealand.
The president will meet with representatives at the University of Auckland, dairy company Fonterra, and a dairy farm, as part of his four-day trip, the report said.
Thein Sein accepted an invitation from New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key in November after Key's visit to the Myanmar during which the New Zealand premier lauded Thein Sein for his radical economic and political reforms.
Key was the first New Zealand Prime Minister to visit Myanmar.