Delegates at the event (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the program, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Luan Thuy Duong reviewed the development of bilateral relations, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and General Aung San, that have been fostered by generations of leaders and peoples of the two countries.

She emphasized that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Myanmar in August 2017 marked a historic turning point in relations between the two countries and the leaders of the two countries have signed the Joint Statement on upgrading ties to the level of comprehensive partnership. During a visit to Vietnam in April 2018, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi affirmed that Vietnam and Myanmar are close friends who place trust in each other.

According to the ambassador, the two countries have seen developments in their ties, including in the fields of trade and investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry-fisheries, energy, telecommunications, tourism, justice, education, culture, people-to-people exchange and global integration.

At the event, Minister of International Cooperation of Myanmar Kyaw Tin believed that the bilateral relations would continue to develop aggressively in the future and wished to boost ties in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchange.

The minister said that the two-way trade reached USD830 million last year, up 50% from 2016, and Vietnam has become the 7th largest investor of Myanmar.

At the program, the delegates enjoyed a music program performed by artists from the two countries, and traditional dishes of Vietnam.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar, the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association, and the business communities of the two countries organized the cultural event themed “Vietnam-Myanmar: Beautiful Countries in Nay Pyi Taw”, which was part of the ongoing Vietnam-Myanmar cultural cooperation exchange program for 2017-2020, signed by the two countries to strengthen cultural and tourism cooperation, as well as people-to-people exchange between the two nations./.