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Contributing to enhancing Vietnam-Myanmar friendship and cooperation
25/5/2018 10:30' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and State Counsellor, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Office of the President Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, met with senior leaders of Vietnam, placed wreaths at the Monument of Heroes and Martyrs, and visited Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts. The State Councellor met with the President of the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and representatives of Vietnamese enterprises operating in Myanmar.

At the meetings, the two sides reviewed the development of bilateral relations and cooperation since the visit to Myanmar of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in August 2017. The Vietnamese side emphasized the importance of relations with Myanmar as well as with the Myanmar Government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), affirming continued support for efforts for peace and social harmony in Myanmar. Vietnam believed that the 21st Century Panglong Conference is a great step forward, and through dialogue and negotiation, the Government of Myanmar would continue to succeed in building a stable and democratic Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The Myanmar leader expressed gratitude to Vietnam for its consistent support and sharing of experiences in national reconciliation, harmony, and development with Myanmar.

The two sides also noted with satisfaction positive developments in the two countries' cooperation over the past time, especially the upgrading of bilateral ties to the Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership in August 2017, affirmed to enhance the efficiency of comprehensive cooperation in all fields, including trade and investment, culture, society and education. These efforts would increase trust and deepen cooperation between the two countries, bringing practical benefits to people.

In order to effectively implement the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership, the two sides emphasized the continued exchange of delegations at all levels and channels, including the Party, the Government, the National Assembly, and people-to-people exchanges would contribute to fostering friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Accordingly, the two sides agreed to cooperate closely on the Party channel, considering it an important pillar in bilateral relations and looked forward to the signing of the Program of Action for the period of 2018-2023.

The two sides also noted strong developments in economic cooperation with two-way trade turnover in 2017 reached nearly US$830 million, up 51% over 2016. Vietnam has become Myanmar's seventh largest foreign investor with 17 projects, and total registered capital of nearly $2.1 billion. The two economies are highly complementary and beneficial to both sides in the areas of trade, agriculture, investment, aquatic product processing, tourism and services, especially when the Myanmar government is conducting extensive reform. Both sides stressed the importance of trade and investment policies and facilitation for foreign investors, including Myanmar and Vietnam investors, and noted the need to study the establishment of new cooperation mechanism as well as to sign agreements to promote investment between the two countries. The two sides affirmed their commitment to enhance cooperation and seek new ways to reach the bilateral trade target of $1 billion.

Highly appreciating recent developments in defense and security, the two sides pledged to continue to effectively implement agreements reached in bilateral and multilateral frameworks, boost cooperation in these fields, including the exchange of military delegations at all levels, the organization of Defense Policy Dialogue at Vice-Ministerial level in 2018, and at the same time expand cooperation to other fields such as training, military healthcare, search and rescue, and sports exchange.

The two sides welcomed and pledged to fully implement the newly-signed memorandums of understanding (MOU), including the MOUs on cooperation in post, telecommunications and information technology and on information cooperation. Both sides agreed to promote negotiations to early sign the Agreement on Crime Prevention and other agreements in the field of security; reiterated commitment not to allow any individual or entity to use one’s territory to carry out sabotage activities against the other; committed to further strengthen linkage in finance and improve other areas of financial cooperation such as financial services; and stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation in telecommunications, energy, especially in the oil and gas sector, and sharing of infrastructure.

The two sides reaffirmed that agriculture-forestry-fishery are important fields of cooperation, with many strengths and potentials for mutual support and development. In that spirit, the two sides concurred to early sign agreements on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and animal husbandry as well as expand cooperation to improve the quality and value of agricultural products.

In addition, the two sides exchanged measures to enhance collaboration in tourism, justice, education and people-to-people exchanges; encouraged the effective implementation of programs on student exchange at all levels; reaffirmed support for the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association to further exchanges between the two peoples, contributing positively to deepening the Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries.

Highly appreciating the close cooperation between the two countries at regional and international forums such as ASEAN, the Non-Aligned Movement, the United Nations, and to take the Vietnam-Myanmar relations to a new height, the two sides agreed to continue to support the realization of the ASEAN Community’s objectives through regional cooperation within the framework of ACMECS, CLMV, especially in the fields of environment, poverty reduction, water resources security, connectivity and human resources development.

Besides, the two sides affirmed their continued close collaboration in regional cooperation mechanisms in the Mekong Subregion, including Mekong-Japan, Mekong-South Korea, and Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, the Lower Mekong Initiative as well as the Greater Mekong Subregion Co-operation. Vietnam encouraged Myanmar to early become an official member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace, stability, freedom of navigation and aviation in the region, peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), not to use or threaten to use force, the two sides pledged to support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early completion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Phuong Tra