STATE COUNSELLOR’S VIETNAM VISIT BOOSTS BILATERAL TIES: MYANMAR FOREIGN MINISTRY

YANGON, Myanmar's State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi's two-day official visit to Vietnam, has contributed to boosting relations between Myanmar and Vietnam, said a statement by Myanmar's Foreign Ministry, today.

Aung San Suu Kyi paid an official visit to Vietnam on Apr 19-20, at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

During their talks in Hanoi, the two leaders reviewed bilateral traditional friendship, and progress in cooperation in recent years, particularly the elevation of bilateral ties, to comprehensive cooperative partnership, in Aug, 2017, which has opened up a new chapter in bilateral relations, according to the statement.

Both sides reaffirmed to strengthen comprehensive cooperation in all areas, including political, trade and investment, defence and people-to-people exchanges, and reiterated their commitment to the two-way trade target of one billion U.S. dollars or higher, by 2020, from 830 million dollars in 2017, a 51 percent increase compared to 2016. Vietnam has become the 9th largest trading partner and the 7th largest foreign investor in Myanmar.

The two leaders also agreed to enhance cooperation in regional and international fora, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations.

During Suu Kyi's visit, a memorandum of understanding (MoU), on cooperation in telecommunication and post and information communication technology, and another MoU on cooperation in information were signed.

It was Suu Kyi's second visit to Vietnam in five months, after she attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Nov last year.

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975.--

Source: NAM News Network