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PM visits Myanmar

Released at: 16:26, 18/12/2019

PM visits Myanmar

PM Phuc (L) and President U Win Myint (Photo: VNA)

PM pays official visit on December 16-18, with both sides agreeing to expand all-round cooperation.

by Long Van

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Myanmar from December 16 to 18 at the invitation of President U Win Myint.

The two met in Nay Pyi Taw on December 17, during which they discussed bilateral cooperation in various spheres.

According to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), the two leaders shared a view that the comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and Myanmar has been growing fruitfully, while the friendship, mutual understanding, and political trust has been enhanced through the regular exchange of high-level visits and meetings and people-to-people exchanges.

On the same day, Prime Minister Phuc held talks with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, where they discussed measures to expand all-round cooperation.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, as quoted by VNA, congratulated Vietnam on its important achievements in socioeconomic development and external work in recent times and on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo: VNA)

The two sides highly value the strong development of the comprehensive cooperation partnership and applauded the signing of an action plan for implementing the Vietnam-Myanmar comprehensive cooperation partnership for 2019-2014, according to the news agency.

On defense-security ties, they agreed to expand cooperation in the navy, military medicine, the defense industry, logistics, rescue, border management, and defense intelligence, and in fighting cross-border crime, terrorism, illegal migration, and money laundering.

They pledged to promote negotiations and the signing of agreements on the extradition and transfer of sentenced persons and on protection for confidential information.

Prime Minister Phuc thanked the Myanmar Government for permitting the import of Vietnamese dragon fruit while appreciating the country’s efforts to remove difficulties facing Vietnamese enterprises.

He called on the Myanmar side to continue to remove technical barriers on Vietnamese goods, create favorable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to access more investment and business opportunities, speed up license granting, and provide incentives to Vietnamese investors.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi acknowledged the Prime Minister’s proposals.

The Vietnamese leader applauded a suggestion by Myanmar on establishing a Vietnamese industrial park in the country, and affirmed that the Vietnamese Government always encourages its businesses to invest in Myanmar and welcomes Myanmar’s firms to expand their activities in Vietnam.

The two leaders also discussed the fostering of cooperation in other fields such as agriculture, telecommunications, mining, energy, and construction.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to make it simple for Vietnamese enterprises to develop and join projects related to optical cable, telecommunications infrastructure, IT, social development, e-government development, oil and gas exploitation and service supply, and construction in Myanmar.

The two sides pledged to closely cooperate at regional and global forums, especially those within the UN and ASEAN.

They agreed on the importance of maintaining peace, stability, and cooperation in the East Sea; resolving disputes by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and ensuring security, safety, and freedom of navigation and aviation in the sea.

They affirmed to support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and efforts to build an effective, substantive, and legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

After their talks, the Vietnamese and Myanmar leaders witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements, including an action plan for implementing the Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership for 2019-2024, an MoU on agriculture and rural development cooperation, another MoU between the two foreign ministries, and a diplomatic note amending the agreement on visa exemptions for ordinary passport holders of both countries.

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