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Myanmar and Vietnam have always been close friends
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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw. Photo: VNA

During his visit to Myanmar, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met and had a separate talk with President Htin Kyaw; had separate meeting and talk with State Advisor Aung San Suu Kyi; met with leaders of Parliament and other leaders of Myanmar, and leaders of Myanmar's political parties and visited Yangon. 

Through the talks and meetings, the two sides agreed on orientations and measures to promote comprehensive relations between the two countries, continue close cooperation and support for each other at regional and international forums, especially within ASEAN, East-West cooperation, the Mekong sub-regional cooperation.

At the talks with President Htin Kyaw, the two sides agreed that Vietnam and Myanmar have many similarities, close ties and good relationship and cooperation built by President Ho Chi Minh and General Aung San and fostered by leaders and peoples of the two countries.

Building upon the increasingly good bilateral relations as well as new developments in the region and the world, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Htin Kyaw unanimously agreed to establish the Vietnam-Myanmar Comprehensive Partnership. The two sides discussed and reached consensus on major orientations and directions to create new milestones, new heights and new momentum for bilateral relations in all fields in the coming time.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen political relations at all levels, especially at the highest level, further consolidate the relations between the two countries in all channels of Party, Government, Parliament, branches and localities; boost people-to-people exchanges, including the expansion of exchanges between young leaders and between young people of the two countries.

On defense and security cooperation, the two sides agreed early to set up the national defense policy dialogue mechanism at the deputy ministerial and vice chief of the general staff levels and the Joint Working Group mechanism at the head of the external relation agency level. The two countries will reinforce joint work in defense industry, army medical training, sharing of information, consultation and mutual support at bilateral forums, especially within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM Plus (ADMM+). They vowed to not allow any individuals or organizations to make use of this country’s territory to sabotage the other country.

Regarding economic cooperation, the two sides proposed promoting the current momentum in development and actively supporting each other to host trade and investment promotion activities to increase trade value. They suggested focusing on cooperation in banking, finance, aviation, telecommunication, and other supplementary fields such as mining, agro-forestry-fisheries, tourism, and consumer products. It is also necessary to increase exchanges and share experience in economic management, reshuffle and institutional reform in administration, academics and businesses.

Regarding the enhancement of transport and tourism linkages, the two sides agreed to enhance air, land and sea route connectivity through stronger cooperation in seaport construction, maritime and aviation transport, and shipbuilding, as well as consider the establishment of an aviation joint venture and the development of roads connecting the two countries and within the cooperation framework of ASEAN, Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV). The transport of passengers and goods along the bilateral economic corridors will help promote trade, investment and tourism exchanges between Vietnam and Myanmar in particular and in the region as a whole.

They agreed to push ahead with information and viewpoint exchanges in such organizations as the GMS, the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) to intensify cooperation in using effectively and sustainably the water resources from the Mekong River for the common development and prosperity of the region and each country. President Htin Kyaw affirmed that Myanmar supports Vietnam to run for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure.

Concerning the East Sea issue, the two leaders shared the same opinions that any disputes in the East Sea should be settled by peaceful means and in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; involved parties should implement fully and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and to soon reach a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea to maintain regional peace, stability, security and cooperation.

On the occasion of the visit, the two sides issued a joint statement on the Vietnam-Myanmar Comprehensive Partnership and signed four cooperation documents including: Memorandum of Understanding on Trade Cooperation between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Myanmar; the Cultural Cooperation Program for 2017-2020 period between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar; the Agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs between the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam and the Ministry of Planning and Finance of Myanmar; and the Agreement on cooperation in education and diploma recognition between Vietnam and Myanmar.

Synthesized from VNA