The talks between Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe in Nay Pyi Taw on June 17th (Photo: VNA)
At the event, part of Hue’s working visit to Myanmar from June 16th to 18th, the host congratulated Vietnam on its socio-economic and diplomatic achievements. He spoke highly of the country’s growing role and stature in the region and the world, offering congratulations on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 with a record number of votes.
Deputy PM Hue also congratulated Myanmar on its development and diplomatic attainments, affirming that Vietnam treasures and wishes to develop bilateral ties in a stable and long-term manner for the sake of the two peoples and for peace, cooperation and development of ASEAN.
Discussing the countries’ relations, the officials expressed their delight at the great strides in bilateral connections in all fields, from politics, security and defence to economy, trade, investment, energy and tourism.
They highly valued the recent mutual high-ranking visits, including a State visit to Myanmar by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in August 2017 and a trip to Vietnam to attend in the UN Day of Vesak celebrations by President Win Myint last May.
Both sides agreed to increase high-level mutual visits and meetings in the time ahead. They also applauded the maintenance of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the successful ninth meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation in Hanoi in March.
At the talks, host and guest looked into ways to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation - an important pillar in the two countries’ relations, including raising bilateral trade to USD1 billion in the near future.
Deputy PM Hue thanked and asked the Myanmar Government to continue creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese firms to operate in the country, accelerate the licensing of Vietnamese projects and provide preferential treatment for Vietnamese investors.
The Vietnamese Government always requests Vietnamese enterprises to absolutely adhere to Myanmar’s law, actively contribute to local socio-economic development, and carry out corporate social responsibility programs, he affirmed.
The two officials also scrutinised directions for strengthening cooperation in other spheres such as security, defence, energy, telecommunications, agriculture and transport.
They welcomed the establishment of the defence policy dialogue mechanism at the deputy ministerial level in 2019 and pledged to step up negotiations on and signing of security and judicial cooperation documents at appropriate points of time. The countries will also boost the implementation of industrial tree and aquacultural development projects while enhancing transport connectivity, via not only air transport but also road and waterway transport.
Regarding regional issues of shared concern, they underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability and cooperation for common development and prosperity, along with coordinating with each other to address common challenges to regional security, including the East Sea issue.
Vietnam and Myanmar affirmed their support for the peaceful settlement of East Sea disputes on the basis on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The countries vowed to support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and efforts to soon finalise an efficient and substantive code of conduct in the waters.
The two sides also promised to continue working closely with each other at regional and international forums, especially within the frameworks of the UN, ASEAN, the Non-Aligned Movement, along with sub-regional cooperation mechanisms like the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) cooperation, the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), and the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC).
On this occasion, Deputy PM Hue invited Vice President Myint Swe to soon pay an official visit to Vietnam./.