​Vietnam, Myanmar enter new chapter of bilateral cooperation

Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw discussed measures to boost the two nations’ ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw review the guard of honor in Naypyidaw on August 24, 2017. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The state visit of Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong to Myanmar from August 24 to 26 has opened a new chapter for the two nations’ relationship.

Trong, who is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, joined talks with Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw in Naypyidaw on Thursday evening following his arrival on the afternoon of the same day.

During the meeting, President Kyaw considered General Secretary Trong’s visit a historic milestone that will open up a new phase in the two countries’ ties.

Replying to his host, the Vietnamese Party chief noted that the visit will allow both sides to outline strategic orientations, creating a new hallmark, height, and impetus for cooperation across all fields.

The two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the positive development of Vietnam- Myanmar bilateral relationships in the past years.

Two-way trade turnover topped US$548.3 million in 2016, exceeding the original target of $500 million, they stated, adding that Vietnam has become the ninth largest trade partner and the seventh largest foreign investor of Myanmar. 

Given the positive results, General Secretary Trong and President Kyaw reached a consensus on the establishment of the framework for a comprehensive cooperative partnership.

They discussed and agreed to lay out new vision to bring the two countries’ cooperation to a new height.

The Vietnamese leader took the opportunity to express his gratitude toward Myanmar for creating favorable conditions for the Vietnamese businesses to operate in the country, hoping for further support from the Myanmarese government.

On the same evening, the Vietnamese Party chief also met with Mahn Win Khaing Than, Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, the upper house of the Myanmar parliament.

Both parties agreed to contribute for a united Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and preserve peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea in accordance with international law.

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