Party chief begins State visit to Myanmar

16:02 | 24/08/2017 Events

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Nay Pyi Taw International Airport on August 24, starting his three-day State visit to Myanmar at the invitation of President Htin Kyaw.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong welcomed by Vietnamese Embassy staff at the airport - Source: VOV

He was welcomed at the airport by Myanmar’s Minister of Transport and Communications Thant Sin Maung and other Myanmar officials.

This is the first visit of a Vietnamese Party General Secretary to Myanmar after the visit of Party General Secretary Do Muoi in 1997.

It aims to establish a more specific cooperation framework to create a breakthrough for the bilateral relations, especially in the fields of trade, investment, security and defence.

Vietnam and Myanmar established diplomatic ties four decades ago. Trade between the two nations hit 536 million USD last year, exceeding their target and making Vietnam the ninth largest trade partner of Myanmar.

Two-way trade rose by 48 percent to 250.2 million USD in the first four months of 2017 with Vietnam enjoying a trade surplus of 133.3 million USD. Vietnam goods were worth 191.7 million USD in the period, up 29 percent year-on-year, while imports almost tripled to 58.5 million USD.

Theo VNA