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Việt Nam, Myanmar boost military ties

Update: March, 07/2017 - 09:00
President Trần Đại Quang (right) receives Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
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HÀ NỘI – The Vietnamese State and Government will create the best conditions for the country’s army to enhance co-ordination with their Myanmar counterparts to deepen bilateral friendship.

President Trần Đại Quang made the statement at a reception for Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Hà Nội yesterday.

He said the ongoing visit by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is a demonstration of the sound friendship between the two armies, which will help increase bilateral amity.

Myanmar has always been an important partner in Việt Nam’s external policy, he said, adding that the bilateral relationship has improved thanks to regular high-level delegation exchanges.

The President suggested the two sides increase delegation exchanges and co-operation in training, military medicine, logistics, and defence industry.

He also called on Myanmar to support Vietnamese businesses, especially military-run companies, to invest, for the sake of the two countries and to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Senior General Hlaing expressed his belief that the ongoing visit to Việt Nam will help reinforce friendship, mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and two armies.

During a reception for the guest yesterday, NA Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân lauded Myanmar’s efforts to promote multilateral co-operation, especially within the ASEAN framework.

The host wished that Myanmar would continue, together with Việt Nam and other ASEAN member states, in accelerating the fulfillment of ASEAN Community goals.

Ngân suggested the two armies direct agencies to seek measures to effectively implement defence collaboration agreements, and make it easier for Vietnamese firms to invest in Myanmar.

Myanmar is an important partner in Việt Nam’s external policy, she assured her guest.

Hlaing, for his part, asked Việt Nam to share its experience in several fields, including economic development, during the visit.

He informed the host that Myanmar’s telecom joint-venture Mytel and Viettel Global Investment company signed a technical and management support agreement on the occasion. — VNS

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