The charge d' affaires at the Myanmar embassy, Hmway Hmway Khyne, delivers a message on her country's National Day
|Deep in thought: A monk walks in Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay. — Photo courtesy Myanmar Embassy
On behalf of the government and people of Myanmar, I am honoured to convey, through the esteemed columns of Viet Nam News, our warmest greetings and best wishes for happiness, prosperity and continued success to the Government and friendly people of Viet Nam as well as Myanmar citizens residing in Viet Nam on this auspicious occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar covers an area of 677,000 square kilometres with a number of national ethnicities who have resided in harmony through thick and thin for ages. The population has now reached about 56 million.
Myanmar practises an active and independent foreign policy guided by the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence. Subscribing to the principles and purposes embodied in the Charter, it became a member state of the United Nations soon after regaining independence in 1948 and considers the organisation as a fundamental pillar of its foreign policy.
Myanmar gives special emphasis to relations with neighbouring countries, co-operating closely in political, diplomatic, economic and social fields. It has joined and is working diligently in organisations such as ASEAN, ACMECS, BIMST-EC and GMS for regional peace, security and development. At the same time, it acts in concert with the family of nations by supporting the United Nations and collaborates with the international community to overcome the menace of terrorism, narcotic drug trafficking and other transnational crimes.
Myanmar and Viet Nam have had friendly relations and have co-operated closely for a long time.
The traditional ties of amity and co-operation that exist between Myanmar and Viet Nam have been strengthened over decades as a result of the joint efforts of our national leaders.
It is my pleasure to note that the long lasting friendship has now been consolidated and we are enjoying the warmest mutual understanding and closest co-operation at the moment.
The Government of Myanmar always attaches great importance to developing relations with Viet Nam and highly values the Vietnamese Government's support to our country in regional and international forums.
The recent visit of his excellency Mr Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, to Myanmar has added even stronger impetus to further cementing the existing friendship, understanding and cooperation not only between our two countries and peoples but also among the countries and peoples of the region.
I am happy to express, on behalf of the government and people of Myanmar, our profound gratitude to the Government and people of Viet Nam for their kind support and cooperation towards Myanmar.
It is noted with pleasure that bilateral economic relations have grown strongly, with two-way trade increasing sharply in recent years. The people to people contact between our youth, private sectors and academia is extensive and wide ranging with parties from both nations deepening their understanding of each other.
I am totally confident that multi-sector co-operation between our two countries is growing and important progress is being made with high effectiveness and an increasing number of achievements.
It is my firm belief that ties between Myanmar and Viet Nam will thrive and grow even stronger in the future in the interests of peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and around the world.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to congratulate the Government and people of Viet Nam for the country's political progress and socio-economic achievements.
The current development in Viet Nam will surely lead the country to becoming one of Asia's strongest economies. — VNS