Party chief holds talks with Myanmar’s President

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw on August 24 in Naypyidaw.

President Htin Kyaw warmly welcomed Party General Secretary Trong and the high-ranking delegation, highlighting the significance of the historic visit which was expected to open up a new chapter in the bilateral ties.

Mr. Htin Kyaw congratulated the great achievements which Viet Nam has attained over the past 30 years and praised Viet Nam's rising status and prestige in the international arena. The President also treasured the positive and effective support of Viet Nam for Myanmar in national construction and renovation.

In return, Party General Secretary Trong expressed the pleasure to visit Myanmar for the first time, expecting that the visit would offer a good chance for the two sides to reach strategic orientations to elevate the bilateral ties in various aspects.

Both sides expressed their delight to see the Viet Nam-Myanmar ties growing across diverse areas, especially since former Party General Secretary Do Muoi's visit in 1997. The two-way trade turnover fetched US$ 548.3 million, exceeding the set target of US$ 500 million. Viet Nam has become the ninth largest trade partner and the seventh largest foreign investor of Myanmar.

They also approved of major orientations to lifting bilateral ties to a greater height by intensifying political links at all levels, especially at the highest level while continuing to strengthen bilateral relations on the Party, Government, National Assembly, sector and local channels. Further attention will be paid to people-to-people exchange, especially young leaders and people.

On national defense-security, they agreed to soon establish the national defense policy dialogue mechanism at the deputy ministerial and vice chief of the general staff levels and the Joint Working Group mechanism at the head of the external relation agency level; reinforce joint work in defense industry, army medical training, sharing of information, consultation and mutual support at bilateral forums, especially within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM Plus.

The two leaders pledged to not allow any individuals or organizations to make use of this country's territory to sabotage the other country.

Regarding economic cooperation, the two sides proposed promoting the current development momentum and actively supporting each other to host trade and investment promotion activities to increase trade value.

They suggested focusing on cooperation in banking, finance, aviation, telecommunication, and other supplementary fields such as mining, agro-forestry-fisheries, tourism, and consumer products.

It is also necessary to increase exchanges and share experience in economic management, reshuffle and institutional reform.

Viet Nam and Myanmar agreed to enhance air, land and sea route connectivity through stronger cooperation in seaport construction, maritime and aviation transport, and shipbuilding, as well as consider the establishment of an aviation joint venture and the development of roads connecting the two countries and within the cooperation framework of ASEAN, Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam (CLMV).

The transport of passengers and goods along the bilateral economic corridors will help promote trade, investment and tourism exchanges between Viet Nam and Myanmar in particular and in the region as a whole.

The two leaders also exchanged regional and international issues of mutual concern and affirmed Viet Nam and Myanmar have shared a lot of benefits and similar viewpoints on regional and global security matters over the past few years. The two sides have actively coordinated and supported each other at sub-regional, regional and global forums.

They agreed to push ahead with information and viewpoint exchanges in such organizations as the GMS, the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) to intensify cooperation in using effectively and sustainably water resources from the Mekong River for the common development and prosperity of the region and each country.

President Htin Kyaw affirmed Myanmar backs Viet Nam to run for a non permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure.

As regards the East Sea issue, the two leaders shared the same opinions that any disputes in the East Sea should be settled through peaceful measures and in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They called on the involved parties to implement fully and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea to maintain regional peace, stability, security and cooperation.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Htin Kyaw emphasised that Viet Nam and Myanmar need to promote role and strengthen coordination with other ASEAN member nations to maintain internal solidarity and unity as well as promote the central role of ASEAN in regional architectures, realize the ASEAN Community's targets, and contribute to peace and stability in the region.

Late on the day, President Htin Kyaw hosted a banquet in honor of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation./.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam