Vietnam, Myanmar hold parliamentary talks

(VOV) - Vietnam attaches great importance to developing the ties of friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Myanmar.

National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung, who is in Nay Pyi Taw for an official visit, confirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy during the July 24 talks with Myanmar’s parliament speaker Khin Aung Myint.  

He noted with satisfaction the fine development of Vietnam-Myanmar relations, including the fruitful cooperation between the two legislative bodies, following a Hanoi visit in 2012 by Khin Aung Myint.

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Vietnam and Myanmar agreed to strengthen parliamentary cooperation

He suggested increasing delegation exchanges to share experience in legislation and execution of other legislative functions.

Hung thanked Myanmar for supporting Vietnam’s bid to host the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in 2015, and invited Speaker Khin Aung Myint to attend this important political event.

For his part, Speaker Khin Aung Myint spoke highly of Vietnam’s recent development achievements and said both countries need to further their cooperation in all areas to make bilateral ties more substantial, practical and efficient.

He acknowledged Hung’s proposal to enhance links on legislation, supervision and parliamentary diplomacy between the Vietnam National Assembly and the Myanmar Parliament.

He also proposed that the newly established Vietnam-Myanmar and Myanmar-Vietnam friendship parliamentary groups will perform their role effectively, contributing to strengthening the friendship between the two countries.

Both host and guest concurred that the two legislative bodies will co-ordinate closely to oversee the implementation of the agreements between the two governments to make them more effective.

They also agreed to work closely at inter-parliamentary forums, especially within the IPU and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

The two chief legislators signed a cooperation agreement between the Vietnam National Assembly and the Myanmar Parliament, saying it will lay a firm legal foundation for carrying out future cooperation programmes between the two sides.

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The same day, NA Chairman Hung met with Speaker of Myanmar’s Lower House Thura U Shwe Mann, who hailed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two countries’ legislative bodies as a strong commitment to fostering their parliamentary links in the future.

Hung congratulated Myanmar on electing its legislature and being fully admitted to AIPA, and believed that Myanmar will introduce new initiatives to help AIPA realise the target of building a single, united ASEAN Community by 2015. 

NA Chairman Hung also paid a courtesy visit to President U Thein Sein. He said both countries need to boost trade exchanges, striving to raise two-way trade value to US$500 million in the coming years.

He proposed the Myanmar government early consider licensing Vietnamese-invested projects in the areas of telecommunications, shipbuilding, mineral exploration and exploitation, finance-banking, agriculture and aquaculture in Myanmar.

Vietnam will create favourable conditions for Myanmar businesses to sound out investment opportunities in the country, Hung told President Thein Sein.

President Thein Sein confirmed that Myanmar wants to develop multifaceted relations with Vietnam. He said the two countries should fully tap their potential available to expand cooperation in various areas, while increasing people-to-people diplomacy to promote mutual understanding. 

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung began a three-day official visit to Myanmar on July 24 at the invitation of parliament speaker Khin Aung Myint.