​Vietnam looks to expand cooperation with Myanmar: Party chief

​Vietnam looks to expand cooperation with Myanmar: Party chief

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (right) shakes hands with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting in Hanoi on April 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam always attaches importance to strengthening and expanding the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Myanmar, Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said as he received visiting Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in Hanoi on Friday.

The Party leader spoke highly of the development of Vietnam-Myanmar relations in recent years and expressed his hope that the state counselor’s visit will mark a milestone in the friendship and cooperative ties between the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also Myanmar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the President’s Office, was making her first-ever visit to Vietnam from April 19 to 20, aiming to strengthen the bilateral relationship.

The visit took place at a time when political trust and cooperation has increased between the two nations.

General Secretary Trong welcomed the results of the earlier talks between the Myanmarese leader and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, suggesting that the two sides foster cooperation in all areas, particularly trade, investment and cultural exchange.

Vietnam and Myanmar should also establish stronger ties within ASEAN and regional and international forums for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, he added.

The visiting leader responded by expressing her pleasure to pay her first-ever official visit to Vietnam and to witness the country’s great socio-economic development under the leadership of the Party, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The state counselor highlighted similarities between the two nations and affirmed that Myanmar will closely work with Vietnam in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region and in building a united and strong ASEAN Community.

She stressed that Myanmar wants to boost comprehensive cooperative relations with Vietnam in all levels in the time ahead, particularly the exchange of high-level visits.

Vietnam and Myanmar set up diplomatic ties on May 28, 1975 and elevated their ties to the level of comprehensive cooperative partnership during a state visit to Myanmar by General Secretary Trong in August 2017.

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