President Tran Dai Quang and President Htin Kyaw at the welcome ceremony. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of
the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang,
President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Htin Kyaw and his wife
paid the State-level visit to Vietnam on 26-28 October 2016.
President Tran Dai Quang and his wife hosted a solemn ceremony to welcome President Htin Kyaw and his wife.
During the visit, President Htin Kyaw and the Myanmar delegation laid wreath at the Monument of War Martyrs and Hero, had talks and attended banquet given by President Tran Dai Quang, visited General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, called at Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts, Temple of Literature, Military Museum, received some Vietnamese businesses and met Myanmar community in Hanoi.
At the talks and meetings, Vietnamese leaders warmly welcomed President Htin Kyaw’s first State visit to Vietnam in his capacity as President of Myanmar, hailed the achievements of the new Government of Myanmar in the cause of national reconciliation, socio-economic development and external relation expansion including the successful organization of the 37th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary General Assembly (AIPA-37) and expressed belief that the visit of President Htin Kyaw would open a new stage of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.
President Htin Kyaw expressed his pleasure to visit Vietnam, congratulated Vietnam for its significant achievements in the 30 years of renovation, especially in ensuring social welfare and sustainable growth. The Myanmar President expressed his belief that Vietnam will achieve the goal of becoming an industrialized and modernized country with increasing role and position in the region and the world. President Htin Kyaw confirmed Myanmar attaches great importance to and wishes to further strengthen multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam in the coming time.
In an atmosphere of openness and mutual understanding, at the Presidential Palace, on 26 October, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with President Htin Kyaw.
Both sides expressed satisfaction at the development of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries over the past 40 years (1975-2016), building on the foundation set up by President Ho Chi Minh and hero Aung San. Both sides reached important understanding and trust in political cooperation through exchange of visits and high level contacts. Economic, trade, investment relations have developed. Vietnam is currently the 10th largest investor and trade partner of Myanmar. The two sides have actively implemented the 12 priority areas of agriculture, industrial crops, fisheries, finance - banks, airlines, telecommunications, oil and gas, mining, power equipment production, automobile manufacture and assembly, construction and commercial cooperation and investment.
On bilateral relations in the new period, the two sides agreed to further strengthen political and diplomatic relations through visits and high level contacts at all levels through Party, Government, State, National Assembly and people exchange channels while maintaining existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Vietnam-Myanmar Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, Political Consultation at Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister level, Joint Subcommittee on Trade and cooperation mechanisms.
The two sides pledged to deepen trade relations and investment on the basis of mutual benefit. President Htin Kyaw took note of the effective operation of the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Myanmar (AVIM) and affirmed that the Government of Myanmar has paid attention to and facilitated activities, particularly to bridging areas, paved the way and created conditions for other areas of cooperation.
The two sides shared the view and common interests of peace, security in the region and reaffirmed their commitments to strengthen defense and security cooperation through the exchange of information and experiences, promote the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms, early establish the mechanism of “Defense Policy Dialogue” at Deputy Defense Minister level, the “Joint Working Group” between the External Relations Departments of the Ministries of Defense, organize the 4th Security Dialogue in the near future, actively negotiate and sign the Extradition Agreement and Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons between the two countries.
For international issues and areas of mutual interest, the two sides pledged to cooperate with the ASEAN countries to make efforts to build the ASEAN Community through effective and full implementation of ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and promote the central role of ASEAN in regional architecture, strengthen cooperation and sustainable and effective use of Mekong River water resources especially in the framework of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and related organizations. Myanmar President agreed to consider becoming a full member of the MRC.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides committed to maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, as well as unimpeded commerce in the region, especially in the East Sea, called for restraint, not to threaten or use of force, respect for the full range of diplomatic and legal procedures, settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of fundamental principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), reaffirmed support for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and cooperation to early achieve the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
President Htin Kyaw invited President Tran Dai Quang and his wife to visit Myanmar in the near future. President Tran Dai Quang accepted the invitation with pleasure.
In the afternoon of 26 October, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met President Htin Kyaw at the Party Headquarters.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong warmly welcomed the visit of President Htin Kyaw, noting that it was of important significance at a time when two countries have had new leadership, contributing to open up a new phase in bilateral relations. The General Secretary affirmed the consistent policy of Vietnam to attach importance to, strengthen and expand friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with Myanmar. He said that the countries share many similarities in the history of national liberation struggle as well as in the implementation of economic reform policies. These are important foundation for the two countries to expand and further strengthen friendship and multifaceted cooperation.
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw congratulated Vietnam, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, for its important achievements in the 30 years of innovation, especially in socio-economic development, and its increasing position in region and the world. President Htin Kyaw said Myanmar would continue to promote the traditional friendship relations with Vietnam, successful implement signed agreements, exchange visits and high level contacts and at all levels, step up people-to-people exchange, strengthen coordination in the ASEAN and regional and international forums such as the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV), the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Summit (ACMECS) and the Greater Mekong Subregion Cooperation (GMS)...
* The same day, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with the Myanmar President and his wife.
On behalf of the Government of Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed the State-level visit to Vietnam by President Htin Kyaw and expressed thanks to the President for his participation and contribution to the success of ACMECS 7, CLMV 8 and WEF- Mekong.
Agreeing to the proposed bilateral cooperation, the Vietnamese Prime Minister said that the two countries should step up cooperation in each country’s areas of strength such as aquaculture, coffee, pepper, cashew nuts. In addition, Vietnam has strong advantages in the export of agricultural products and wishes to cooperate closely with Myanmar in this field.
With the popularity of Buddhism in the two countries, the Prime Minister said that Vietnam and Myanmar should soon implement cooperation programs in the fields of tourism, aviation to meet the needs of the people of the two countries. Besides cooperation in politics, diplomacy, the two countries should respect and promote more cooperation between enterprises, remove barriers, facilitate investment by business of Vietnam and Myanmar and enable business and production.
For his part, President Htin Kyaw said, Vietnam is now the largest commercial investor in Myanmar with increasing investment value. In addition to cooperation in the fields of banking, finance and transportation, the President urged the two sides to further expand cooperation in various fields, including aquaculture, production and agricultural processing. Myanmar welcomed Vietnam’s businesses’ investment in aquaculture, pepper, coffee, cashew nuts production in Myanmar as the weather conditions in some areas of Myanmar are quite similar to Vietnam. Myanamar issued new policies on economic development, creating favorable conditions for foreign investors and Myanmar encourages Vietnamese businesses to invest in Myanmar.
President Htin Kyaw successfully ended his visit to Vietnam making an important contribution to further promote the friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries.