March, 13 2012 09:45:00

FM concludes official visit to Myanmar

HA NOI — Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh has paid his official visit to Myanmar at the invitation of his Myanmar counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin.

During his visit, Minh paid a courtesy visit to President Thein Sein who was accompanied by his ministers of foreign affairs, industry, commerce, finance and chief of the President's office.

At the reception, President Thein Sein expressed his pleasure at the sound development of the friendship and mufti-faceted relations between two countries and appreciated the frequent exchange visits between the two-side high-ranking delegations.

He agreed that two countries should continue to boost co-operations in the bilateral relationship as well as in regional and international affairs which both sides were interested in.

Minh forwarded the best regards from President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to President Thein Sein.

He affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy of strengthening the traditional friendship and co-operation with Myanmar, adding that Viet Nam was actively preparing for the upcoming visit of Thein Sein to Viet Nam.

Minh also took this occasion to express his thanks and asked the Myanmar Government to continue providing favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses seeking investment opportunities in Myanmar.

The two sides agreed that there should be more exchange of delegations between the two countries to induce closeness and trust as well as draw out the major guidelines for the development of a bilateral relationship.

Both ministers concurred on the need to further implement high-level agreements and spoke highly of the role of some mechanisms such as the joint commissions and political consultations between the two foreign ministries in consolidating the development of the two countries.

Viet Nam and Myanmar needed to promote further co-operation in terms of economics, trade and investment. Particularly, the two sides should hold the sixth meeting of the Trade Sub-Committee and kick off Vietnamese investment projects in Myanmar.

Both sides will continue to work together at international and regional forums and affirm that along with other ASEAN members, they would build a unitary and solid ASEAN Community by 2015.

Minh said Viet Nam fully supported Myanmar to hold the ASEAN's chairmanship in 2014. The two sides discussed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, with disputes settled in peaceful ways in accordance with international laws.

Viet Nam also welcomes Myanmar's bid toward participating in the international Mekong River Commission toward the more sustainable use of this river. — VNS

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