Leaders laud VN-Myanmar ties

Update: March, 09/2018 - 09:00
National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân (r) receives Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar Aye Thar Aung in Hà Nội on Thursday.— VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân highlighted the reinforced relationship between the legislatures of Việt Nam and Myanmar at her reception for Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar Aye Thar Aung in Hà Nội on Thursday.

Chairwoman Ngân congratulated Myanmar on its recent socio-economic achievements, voicing her belief that the country will succeed in promoting national reconciliation and harmony and improving its stature in the region and the world.

She expressed her delight at the increasingly strengthened friendship and co-operation between the Vietnamese NA and the Myanmar parliament, as seen in an official visit to Việt Nam by Speaker of the Assembly of the Union Mahn Win Khaing Than in May 2017 and another trip to Myanmar by a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese NA in September 2016.

Deputy Speaker Aye Thar Aung praised the Vietnamese people’s heroic struggle in the resistance wars to liberate the country, as well as its achievements in social affairs, economy, political stability and external work at present.

He said Việt Nam is increasingly affirming its stature and Myanmar wants to learn from Việt Nam’s precious experience to develop the country. Việt Nam and Myanmar boast traditional friendship and close co-operation, which were built by late President Hồ Chí Minh and leader Aung San, and have been nurtured by generations of the countries’ leaders and people, he added.

At the meeting, the two sides noted the wish to enhance cooperation in all aspects, between their Parties, parliaments, Governments and peoples. In particular, they will increase delegation exchanges at all levels, between their parliamentarians as well as between parliamentary committees.

The Vietnamese and Myanmar legislatures will implement the co-operation agreement signed in 2013 soundly and step up sharing legislative and supervisory experience between their specialised agencies and parliamentary friendship groups to boost mutual understanding.

They will also augment coordination in monitoring the implementation of the co-operation agreements and programmes inked by their Governments.

Chairwoman Ngân said Việt Nam is ready to share development experience with Myanmar.

She asked both sides to soon establish a defence policy dialogue mechanism at the deputy ministerial level, and continue to negotiate and accelerate the signing of co-operation deals in the agro-forestry-fishery, transport and justice sectors. 

She also called on Myanmar to continue providing optimal conditions for Vietnamese firms in the banking, telecommunications and business sectors.

Deputy Speaker Aye Thar Aung said Myanmar wants to attract more foreign investment. Its parliament has exerted efforts to make investment attraction policies and is working to remove obstacles to foreign investors, including Vietnamese businesses.

Lauding bilateral co-operation at regional and international forums, especially in ASEAN and the United Nations, the host leader asked both sides to keep intensifying co-operation within the ASEAN framework and other international and regional forums while working together to use the Mekong River water in a sustainable and effective manner.

She also expressed her hope that Myanmar will soon become a member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). — VNS