Vietnam, Myanmar boost parliamentary ties

VOV.VN - Vietnam’s National Assembly supports stronger defence and security cooperation between Vietnam and Myanmar, said Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan during talks on May 15 in Hanoi with the Speaker of Myanmar’s Upper House Mahn Win Khaing.

The Vietnamese top legislator said Vietnam encourages both countries’ law enforcement agencies to curb plots that use one country to sabotage the other. 

She called for an early establishment of a defense policy dialogue mechanism at deputy ministerial level. 

Ngan asked Myanmar to continue sharing Vietnam’s views in promoting peace, security, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded trade in the region. 

She said this applied particularly in the East Sea and included supporting the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early signing of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).        

Regarding economic ties, she expressed her hope that the Myanmar parliament will join in supervising trade-investment ties and providing optimal conditions for business activities to grow strongly.

The two sides should effectively realize the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the joint sub-committee on trade cooperation in February 2017, while continuing negotiating and speeding up the signing of cooperation deals in agro-forestry-fisheries, culture, transportation, finance, justice, and education, Ngan said.

The NA leader praised the partnership between the two countries at regional and international forums, especially at the ASEAN, UN and Non-Aligned Movement.

Vietnam proposed that the two sides continue forging closer coordination within the framework of the ASEAN as well as other regional and international forums, including Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Strategy Summit, East-West Economic Corridor, Greater Mekong Subregion, and the UN.

The two sides should also work together in effectively and sustainably using Mekong River water resource, she said, adding that Vietnam hopes that Myanmar will become a member of the Mekong River Commission.

Expressing delight at the flourishing ties between the two parliaments, Ngan noted that the two sides are showing strong performance in realizing their agreement signed in September 2013. She stated that the Myanmar visit of the Vietnamese NA delegation in 2016 to attend the 37th Assembly of the AIPA and the current visit of the Myanmar NA leader demonstrated the close connection between parliamentarians of both sides.

For his part, Mahn Win Khaing Than showed his pleasure at the sound relationship between the two countries. Noting that the bilateral legislative ties started far before the two countries set up their diplomatic ties in 1975.
Since then, Vietnam and Myanmar have offered mutual support in hard times, while regularly exchanging delegations and setting up bilateral cooperation mechanisms, he said, adding that the two sides are preparing for the seventh political consultation between the two Foreign Ministries in 2017.

Along with the sound political ties, the two sides have maintained fruitful people-to-people connection, as last year, more than 30,000 Vietnamese visited Myanmar, he said. 

He cited the success of the Vietnamese-invested firms, including the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), and Viettel, the fourth largest telecom service provider in Myanmar. He called for more Vietnamese investors to Myanmar.

The Myanmar top legislator said that the Myanmar parliament hopes to forge stronger cooperation and connectivity with other parliaments, including Vietnam, as does the country’s friendship parliamentarian group.

Regarding the East Sea issue, he confirmed Myanmar’s stance that all parties should fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, settle disputes through peaceful measures based on the core principles of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).

Myanmar supports the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), he said, underscoring the need for cooperation for the early signing of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. Myanmar will work closely with regional countries to voice a common position in the field, he told his host.

At the talks, the two sides agreed on the continued implementation of the outcomes of Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw’s visit to Vietnam in 2016 and the visit of General Min Aung Hliang, Commander-In-Chief of Myanmar Armed Forces in March, 2017.

They consented to create legal conditions to support the respective businesspeople in investing and doing business. 

The Vietnamese side suggested the early signing of a cooperation agreement on customs and finance, as well as the supplement to the agreement on investment promotion and protection and the memorandum of understanding on investment promotion in the new circumstance, focusing on potential fields as banking, aviation, telecommunication, oil and gas and agriculture.

The two sides underlined the need to continue maintaining the exchange of senior leaders of the two parliaments and the two friendship parliamentarian groups for sharing experience in legislative, supervision activities as well as viewpoints on international and regional issues of shared concern.

The two leaders urged the two friendship parliamentarian groups to enhance their role in popularizing the traditional ties between the two countries.

They agreed that the two legislative bodies will consult and support each other’s viewpoints at global and regional parliamentarian unions for the common interest of the two countries and building ASEAN solidarity. Both sides should also be coordinating in supervising the implementation of agreements and cooperation programmes between the two parliaments.

The two law-making bodies will also work harder to strengthen people-to-people connection and boost bilateral traditional relations, they said. The Myanmar top legislator promised to urge relevant agencies to form a Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association.

Earlier, Mahn Win Khaing Than and the Myanmar delegation paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and visited the President Ho Chi Minh relic sides at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

In the evening the same day, Ngan hosted a banquet for Mahn Win Khaing Than and his delegation.