On 5 November 2009, a hand over ceremony of Myanmar's cash assistance for the victims of earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia was held at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon. Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. U Nyan Win handed over the assistance representing the Government of the Union of Myanmar, to Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Union of Myanmar H.E. Mr. Sebastianus Sumarsono who was accepting on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
The humanitarian assistance is a reciprocal gesture from the Government of the Union of Myanmar to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, which has offered cash assistance for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar a while back. This goodwill exchange by the two countries demonstrates the close bond of friendship and mutual understanding that has been going on since a long time ago.
At the same occasion, Minister U Nyan Win also presented donation from the Government of the Union of Myanmar to Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines Ms. Maria Helen M. Barber and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Lao PDR Mr. Thongkhoun Sengphachan, as humanitarian assistance for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana that hit both countries last September.