Vietnam wishes to unceasingly develop ties with Myanmar: Deputy PM

10:54 | 19/06/2019 Vietnam - Asean

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue highlighted Vietnam’s wish to unceasingly develop relations with Myanmar during talks with Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe in Nay Pyi Taw on June 17.

Overview of the event - Photo: VGP

At the event, which was held as part of Hue’s working visit to Myanmar from June 16 to 18, the host congratulated Vietnam on its socio-economic and diplomatic achievements. He spoke highly of the country’s growing role and stature in the region and the world, offering congratulations on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 with a record number of votes.

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

Discussing the countries’ relations, the officials expressed their delight at the great strides in bilateral connections in all fields, from politics, security and defence to economy, trade, investment, energy and tourism. Both sides agreed to increase high-level mutual visits and meetings in the time ahead. They also applauded the maintenance of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the successful ninth meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation in Hanoi in March.

At the talks, host and guest looked into ways to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation – an important pillar in the two countries’ relations, including raising bilateral trade to US$1 billion in the near future.

Deputy PM Hue thanked and asked the Myanmar Government to continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese firms to operate in the country, accelerate the licensing of Vietnamese projects and provide preferential treatment for Vietnamese investors.

The Vietnamese Government always requests Vietnamese enterprises to absolutely adhere to Myanmar’s law, actively contribute to local socio-economic development, and carry out corporate social responsibility programmes, he affirmed.

The two officials also scrutinised directions for strengthening cooperation in other spheres 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 step up negotiations on and signing of security and judicial cooperation documents at appropriate points of time. The countries will also boost the implementation of industrial tree and aquacultural development projects while enhancing transport connectivity, via not only air transport but also road and waterway transport.

The two sides also promised to continue working closely with each other 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 soon pay an official visit to Vietnam.