Following is the Press Release on Visit of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
At the invitation of His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, paid an official visit to Viet Nam from 19 to 20 April 2018.
The State Counsellor was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace by His Excellency Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Government House. During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed on the existing traditional friendship established by National Hero Bogyoke Aung San and President Ho Chi Minh, and the close cooperation cultivated by generations of leaders and people from both countries. They also discussed the positive progresses in bilateral cooperation in the past years, particularly the elevation of bilateral ties to Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership in August 2017, which has opened up a new chapter in bilateral relations.
Both sides reaffirmed to strengthen further the effectiveness of comprehensive cooperation in all areas, including political, trade and investment, agro-forestry and fishery, connectivity, energy and telecommunications, defence, tourism, culture, education and people-to-people exchanges especially youths.
The two Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhance cooperation and find new means to reach the two-way trade target of USD 1 billion or higher by 2020 since the volume of two-way trade between Myanmar and Viet Nam in 2017 has already reached USD 830 million, a 51% increase compared to 2016. Viet Nam has risen to become the 9th largest trading partner and 7th largest foreign investor in Myanmar.
The two sides emphasized that the exchange of visits at all levels and channels, including government to government, parliament to parliament, party to party, people to people especially young generations, will enhance and consolidate friendship, mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries and peoples.
The Vietnamese side stressed the importance attached to relations with Myanmar and reaffirmed its continued support for Myanmar’s effort towards peace and national reconciliation. Likewise, Myanmar side expressed its admiration on the achievements of reforms in Viet Nam especially for the progress on social-economic life of its people and sustainable development. The Myanmar side expressed its appreciation to Viet Nam for its consistent support for Myanmar’s reconciliation and peace process as well as for sharing with Myanmar its experience with regard to economic development. The two Leaders reiterated their commitments to enhance close cooperation in regional and international fora, including ASEAN, Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations.
The State Counsellor and Vietnamese Prime Minister witnessed the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries. The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Post, Telecommunications and ICT was signed by Deputy Minister U Set Aung of the Ministry of Planning and Finance and Deputy Minister Mr. Phan Tam of the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications of Viet Nam. The Memorandum of Understanding on Information Cooperation which was signed by Myanmar Ambassador to Viet Nam U Kyaw Soe Win and Deputy Minister Mr. Phan Tam of the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications of Viet Nam. A Joint Statement was issued at the conclusion of the Official Visit.
In the evening of 19 April, the State Counsellor attended the banquet hosted by the Prime Minister at the International Conference Centre. In exchange of their toasts, the two leaders recalled their shared experiences and struggles in historical context and reiterated their common aspiration to work together for promoting friendship, mutual trust and benefits between the two countries and peoples.
The State Counsellor also received Chairman of Viet Nam-Myanmar Friendship Association and Vietnamese Enterprises in the morning of 20 April 2018 and discussed the activities undertaken by the Viet Nam-Myanmar Friendship Association to deepen bilateral ties as well as the opportunities and challenges facing Vietnamese investors in Myanmar.
During the visit, State Counsellor and party laid a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs and visited President Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. The State Counsellor also met with Staff and family members of Myanmar Embassy and Defence Attache Office, Myanmar students and community at the Embassy and attended a lunch hosted by Myanmar Ambassador and wife.
The State Counsellor paid a courtesy call on Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of Central Committee of Communist Party at General Secretary’s office and discussed matters relating to promote Myanmar-Viet Nam bilateral relations and cooperation; to increase contacts between governments, parliaments, parties, peoples especially exchange visits of youth representative groups.
The State Counsellor also met with Madame Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, President of the National Assembly of Viet Nam and exchanged views on parliamentary matters, sharing experience of reforms for the economic development of Viet Nam and ways to enhance close cooperation among two parliaments in the ASEAN and other inter-parliamentary organizations.
The State Counsellor’s visit was accompanied by Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for the President’s Office U Min Thu, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Set Aung and Senior Officials.
The State Counsellor and Party arrived back to Nay Pyi Taw by air in the evening of 20 April 2018.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs