Vietnam sticks importance to developing ties with Myanmar    
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Vietnam sticks importance to developing ties with Myanmar
Jun 18 2019

Vietnam desires to incessantly develop relations with Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said during talks with Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe in Nay Pyi Taw on June 17.

At the talks, the Myanmar President congratulated Vietnam on its socio-economic and diplomatic achievements while highlighting its growing role and stature in the region and the world. He also extended congratulations on Vietnam’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 with a record number of votes.

Deputy PM Hue, in turn, also congratulated Myanmar on its development and diplomatic attainments, saying that Vietnam wants to develop long-term bilateral ties in a stable manner for the sake of the two peoples and for peace, cooperation and development of ASEAN.

Regarding bilateral relations, both sides showed their elation at remarkable progress in bilateral cooperation across a variety of fields, from politics, security and defence to economics, trade, investment, energy and tourism.

They appreciated the recent high-ranking exchange visits, including a State visit to Myanmar by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in August 2017 and a trip to Vietnam to attend in the UN Day of Vesak celebrations by President Win Myint last May.

The two sides consented to intensify high-level mutual visits and meetings in the time ahead. They also hailed the maintenance of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the successful ninth meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation in Hanoi in March.

Both sides also examined ways to step up economic, trade and investment cooperation – an important pillar in the two countries’ relations, including elevating bilateral trade to US$1 billion in the near future.

Deputy PM Hue thanked and asked the Myanmar Government to continue offering the best possible conditions for Vietnamese businesses to operate in the country, speeding up the licensing of Vietnamese projects and provide preferential treatment for Vietnamese investors.

The Vietnamese Government always asked Vietnamese enterprises to absolutely comply with Myanmar’s law, make positive contributions to local socio-economic development, and implement corporate social responsibility programmes, Hue told his host.

Host and guest also touched upon directions for augmenting cooperation in other areas such as security, defence, energy, telecommunications, agriculture and transport.

They welcomed the establishment of the defence policy dialogue mechanism at the deputy ministerial level in 2019 and pledged to accelerate negotiations on and signing of security and judicial cooperation documents at appropriate points of time. The two nations will also speed up the implementation of industrial tree and aquacultural development projects while enhancing transport connectivity, via not only air transport but also road and waterway transport.

On regional issues of shared concern, they underscored the importance of maintaining peace, stability and cooperation for common development and prosperity, along with coordinating with each other to deal with common challenges to regional security, including the East Sea issue.

Both nations affirmed their support for the peaceful settlement of East Sea disputes on the basis on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

They pledged to support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and efforts to soon finalise an efficient and substantive code of conduct in the waters.

They also promised to continue working hand in hand at regional and international forums, especially within the frameworks of the UN, ASEAN, the Non-Aligned Movement, along with sub-regional cooperation mechanisms like the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) cooperation, the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), and the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC).

On this occasion, Deputy PM Hue invited Vice President Myint Swe to make an official visit to Vietnam soon.
Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue is on a working visit to Myanmar from June 16-18.