Vietnam, Myanmar issue joint statement
Updated : Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:35 AM (GMT+0700)

Myanmar'sState Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also Minister ofForeign Affairs and Minister of the President’s Office, paid an official visitto Vietnam from April 19-20 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc. On this occasion, the two nations issued a joint statement.

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan
Phuc in Hanoi on April 19 - photo: VNA

The following is the fulltext of the joint statement.

1. At the invitation of HisExcellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic ofVietnam, Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellorof the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, paid her first official visit to Vietnamfrom 19 to 20 April 2018. 

2. During the visit,State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was accorded a ceremonialwelcome by His Excellency Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. While in Vietnam,State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held bilateral talks with Prime MinisterNguyen Xuan Phuc and attended the banquet hosted by the Prime Minister. StateCounsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also paid courtesy calls on Leaders of Vietnam,laid a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs, and visitedPresident Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. The State Counsellor also met withChairman of Vietnam – Myanmar Friendship Association, and Vietnamese enterprisesoperating in Myanmar. 

3. The two leadersacknowledged that the existing traditional friendship and the close cooperationbetween Vietnam and Myanmar were established by President Ho Chi Minh andGeneral Aung San and cultivated by generations of leaders and people from bothcountries. They reaffirmed their common aspirations for peace, prosperity anddevelopment of the region and beyond. Vietnamese leaders emphasized thatVietnam is always mindful of the strong support rendered by the Government andpeople of Myanmar in the past struggle for national liberation and in currentefforts for national development. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyiexpressed her admiration for the determination and courage with which theGovernment and people of Vietnam defended and developed their country. StateCounsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi congratulated Vietnam for successfullyimplementing the strategy of renovation, reform and intensive and extensiveinternational integration.

4. The Leaders revieweddevelopments in bilateral relations and cooperation since the very successfulvisit of His Excellency Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of CentralCommittee of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Myanmar in August 2017. TheVietnamese side stressed the importance attached to relations with Myanmar and theGovernment led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) and reaffirmed itscontinued support for peace and national reconciliation in Myanmar. Vietnamfirmly believes that the 21st Century Panglong was a major stepforward and, through dialogues and negotiation, the Government of Myanmar wouldcontinue to succeed in building a stable and thriving democratic federal Union.Myanmar side expressed its appreciation to Vietnam for its consistent support,as well as for sharing with Myanmar its experience with regard to national reconciliationand development.

5. Prime Minister NguyenXuan Phuc and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi noted with satisfaction thepositive progress in bilateral cooperation in past years, particularly theelevation of bilateral ties to Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership in August2017. Both sides reaffirmed to strengthen further the effectiveness ofcomprehensive cooperation in all areas, including trade and investment,cultural, social and educational cooperation. These efforts will enhance trustand intensified cooperation between the two countries, bringing practical benefitsfor the peoples.

6. In order to effectivelyimplement the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership Agreement, the two leadersexpressed their strong desire to promote cooperation in politics, trade andinvestment, defence and security, agro-forestry and fishery, connectivity,energy and telecommunication, tourism, justice, education and people-to-peopleexchange and regional involvement.

7. The two sides emphasizedthat the exchange of visits at all levels and channels, including government togovernment, parliament to parliament, party to party, people to people, willenhance friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Both sides agreedthat close party to party cooperation is an important pillar of bilateral tiesand looked forward to the early signing of Action Plan 2018-2023 to implementthe Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership established in August 2017. 

8. The two sides recognizedthe strong development in bilateral economic cooperation: the two-way tradevolume in 2017 reached nearly USD 830 million, a 51% increase compared to 2016.Vietnam has risen to become the 7th largest foreign investor inMyanmar with 17 projects and USD 2.1 billion in registered capital. Thisrelationship of cooperation demonstrates that the two economies complement eachother and brings benefits to both sides, in the fields of agricultural trade,investment, aqua product processing, tourism and services given thecircumstance that  the Government of Myanmar is carrying out extensiveeconomic reforms. The two sides also reaffirmed the commitment to enhancecooperation and find new means to reach the two-way trade target of 1 billionUSD at the earliest possible. Both sides stressed the importance of policyprovision in trade and investment and providing favourable environment forforeign investors, including Myanmar investors and Vietnam investors. Leadersof both sides recognized the need to study further the possibility ofestablishing new mechanism as well as to sign the necessary MOUs/Agreements tohelp facilitate and promote investment between the two countries.

9. Both sides expressedappreciation of recent developments in bilateral defense-security cooperationand reaffirmed continued effective implementation of agreements reached underbilateral and multilateral frameworks. The two sides agreed to expanddefense and security cooperation including exchange of military delegations atall levels, and conducting the Defence Policy Dialogue at the DeputyMinisterial Level in 2018, expanding cooperation into other areas,, medical assistance, search and rescue, sport exchange. Vietnamwelcomes friendship, sightseeing and field research visits by Myanmardelegations as well as Myanmar trainees attending courses on treatment of burnsand the manufacture of prosthetic limbs in Vietnam.

10. Two sides welcomed andcommitted to fully implement the newly signed MoU on Cooperation in the fieldof Post, Telecommunication and ICT and MoU on Information Cooperation. Bothsides agreed to expedite the negotiation for early signing of Agreement onPrevention and Fight Against Crime and other agreements/treaties in field ofsecurity cooperation. Both sides reaffirmed the commitment not to allow anyindividual or organization to use one country’s territory to conduct activitiesagainst the other country.

11. Both sides agreed tostrengthen cooperation with a view towards promoting closer financial linkagesand acknowledging to enhance the financial sector, including financialservices. The two sides also emphasized the importance of strengtheningbilateral cooperation in telecommunication and energy sector, especially in thefields of oil and gas, infrastructure sharing.

12. Both sides reiteratedthat Agro-forestry and fishery cooperation is an important area of cooperationwith many advantages and potential for mutual support and development. In thatspirit, the two sides agreed  to sign agreements on agriculture, forestry,fisheries and livestock and to expand cooperation at an early date to find waysto improve the quality and value of agriculturalproducts, including corn, rice, beans and mung beans. The two sidesexpressed commitment to accelerate procedure to sign the MOU on Cooperative inAgriculture and Rural Development at the earliest. 

13. The two sidesalso agreed to promote multi-modal transport cooperation,including land, sea and air links between the two countries andwithin the sub-region. In light of the successful GMS 6 held in Hanoi in March2018, the two sides will work closely together to achieve the goals set out atGMS 6. 

14. The two Leaders alsodiscussed ways to deepen further bilateral ties in tourism, justice, educationand people-to-people exchange under the framework of Comprehensive CooperativePartnership. Both sides encouraged the effective implementation of the studentexchange programs at all levels. The Leaders reiterated to support the role andactivities of Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and Myanmar – VietnamFriendship Association to enhance people-to-people exchange, to contributeproactively to the extensive development of the Comprehensive CooperativePartnership between the two countries.

15. The two Leadersexpressed appreciation of the close cooperation in regional and internationalfora, including ASEAN, Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations. To elevatethe excellent cooperation to new heights in the spirit of the ComprehensiveCooperative Partnership, both sides agreed to continue to support therealization of the ASEAN Community’s goals through regional cooperation withinthe ACMECS and the CLMV frameworks, especially in the areas of environment,poverty alleviation, water security, connectivity and human resourcesdevelopment.

16. The two sides reiteratedto continue close cooperation in regional cooperation mechanisms in the Mekongsub-region, including the Mekong – Japan, Mekong – Korea, Mekong – Ganga, LowerMekong Initiative as well as Greater Mekong Sub-region. Vietnam encouragedMyanmar to become an official member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

17. Leaders of both sidesexpressed commitment to cooperate closely to build a successful ASEAN Communitywith central role in the regional security architecture. 

18. Both sides reiteratedthe importance of maintaining peace, stability, freedom of navigation andoverflight in the region; underlined the importance of the peaceful resolutionof disputes in accordance with international law, the 1982 UNCLOS, withoutresorting to threat or use of force. Both sides committed to support the fulland effective implementation of the DOC and the early conclusion of an effectiveCOC in the South China Sea. 

19. State Counsellor DawAung San Suu Kyi expressed her deep gratitude for the hospitality, cordialityand warm-hearted reception that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc accorded to herand to the members of the delegation and looked forward to receiving PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on an official visit to Myanmar at a mutuallyconvenient time.


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