At the invitation of U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, paid a State Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 24-26 August, 2017. President U Htin Kyaw held bilateral talks with General Secretary Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong on 24th August 2017 at the Presidential Palace. He also met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services. The Joint Statement on the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership between Myanmar and Viet Nam was issued during the visit.
The full text of the Joint Statement is as follows:
ON THE COMPREHENSIVE COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIP
BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR AND
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
(Nay Pyi Taw, 25 August 2017)
1. At the invitation of His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, paid a State Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 24-26 August, 2017.
2. During the visit, His Excellency General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the high-level delegation of Viet Nam were accorded a warm welcome by His Excellency U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar reflecting the close bonds of friendship existing between the two countries and the two peoples. While in Myanmar, His Excellency General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held bilateral talks with His Excellency President U Htin Kyaw and attended a State banquet hosted by the President. He also had a cordial meeting with Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and met with Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker His Excellency Mahn Win Khaing Than, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, the staff of the Embassy of Viet Nam as well as the Vietnamese business community in Myanmar.
3. At the talks and meetings, the Leaders of both countries agreed that the General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s State Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar marked a historic milestone in bilateral relations between the two countries and that its outcomes would contribute significantly to elevate Myanmar-Viet Nam relations to a new level.
4. Leaders of both countries noted with satisfaction the rapid development of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries during recent years. Both sides affirmed to further strengthen the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation at all channels, including party-to-party, parliament-to-parliament, government-to-government and people-to-people relations.
5. Given the flourishing excellent bilateral relations as well as the new developments in the region and the world, both Leaders agreed to establish the Myanmar-Viet Nam “Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership – CCP”. The CCP is aimed at promoting and strengthening the existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, realizing the signed agreements and exploring new opportunities for the bilateral cooperation, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and ASEAN Charter, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), as well as the universally recognized norms and standards of international law, and on the basis of respect for each country’s law, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
6. This partnership would further deepen bilateral cooperation in the following five pillars: i) political relations; ii) defense and security cooperation; iii) economic cooperation; iv) social, cultural cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and other fields of mutual interests; v) regional and international cooperation. For the implementation of the CCP, Leaders of both countries agreed to assign their Foreign Ministries to coordinate with other relevant agencies to identify possible cooperation initiatives in the aforementioned pillars and conduct periodical reviews through bilateral cooperation mechanisms.
7. On the basis of the CCP, the two sides agreed to promote their political relations through exchange of delegations and interaction at different levels and that the establishment of the Myanmar-Viet Nam Friendship Association would contribute to the people-to-people exchange through coordination with the Viet Nam-Myanmar Friendship Association and to promote the relations between Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon through bilateral cooperation mechanisms between the two countries.
8. The two sides agreed to strengthen government-to-government cooperation and to strive for enhancing the effectiveness of bilateral economic, cultural science and technology cooperation. Accordingly, the two sides agreed to work closely to promote existing mechanisms such as the Joint Trade Commission and the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation. The two sides reaffirmed to successfully realize the Treaties and Agreements signed between the two governments. With a view to enhancing bilateral economic connectivity, the two sides were committed to give priority to the areas of cooperation in transport infrastructure, tourism as well as expansion of cooperation in agriculture and forestry, telecommunication and banking. The two sides acknowledged undertaking measures to improve the investment environment in order to encourage mutual investment. Both sides agreed to increase investment and trade promotion and facilitation activities in order to attain the target of US$ 1 billion in bilateral trade turnover at the earliest possible.
9. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong pledged to encourage Vietnamese businesses to invest in potential fields in Myanmar such as energy, telecommunication and infrastructure.
10. President U Htin Kyaw acknowledged that Viet Nam’s investment projects in Myanmar contributed to its socio-economic development, and reaffirmed to provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses and ensured their interests in Myanmar.
11. The two sides welcomed the opening of the Bank of Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) branch office in Yangon to boost bilateral trade and investment. The Myanmar side took note of the request for permission for BIDV to have direct transactions with Myanmar clients and businesses.
12. The two sides also agreed to further promote cooperation in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and telecommunication. Myanmar side agreed to grant Telecom International Myanmar Co., Ltd. (MyTel) permission to participate in the development and utilization of fiber optic infrastructure and other infrastructure throughout Myanmar’s territory in line with existing laws and regulation and with the terms of the granted license.
13. The two leaders exchanged views on matters of common interests on regional peace, security and affirmed the commitments to enhance security and defense cooperation between the two countries through sharing information experiences, taking advantage of existing cooperation mechanisms and considered the possibility of setting up the Defense Policy Dialogue and Joint Working Group mechanisms between the two Ministries of Defense.
14. The two sides also recognized the effective bilateral Security Dialogue, and agreed to further strengthen security cooperation including coordination in developing and consolidating the legal framework for cooperation in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice between the two countries.
15. The two sides expressed their satisfaction on close coordination and cooperation between the two countries at various regional and international fora, such as ASEAN, the United Nations, and the Non-Aligned Movement. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highly appreciated Myanmar’s readiness to support Viet Nam for the United Nations Security Council non-permanent membership for the term 2020-2021.
16. Both sides welcomed the continued cooperation on sustainable and effective use and management of the Mekong River’s water resources, which had multidimensional impacts on countries in the Mekong River basin, including Viet Nam and Myanmar, as well as the process of integration, community building, maintenance of stability and development of ASEAN. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong recognized Myanmar’s active contribution as a dialogue partner of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to the protection and sustainable use of the Mekong River’s water resources and Myanmar took note of Viet Nam’s suggestion to consider early admission to the MRC.
17. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining and promoting peace, security and stability in the region as well as to the peaceful settlement of dispute, without resorting to threat or use of force, in conformity with the widely recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Both sides also reaffirmed their support for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) based on the agreed framework of the COC.
18. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his heartfelt gratitude to President U Htin Kyaw, the Government and the people of Myanmar for their warm friendship and gracious hospitality accorded to him and the Vietnamese delegation. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong kindly extended an invitation to President U Htin Kyaw to visit Viet Nam again and also invited State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Viet Nam at a mutually convenient time. Myanmar’s Leaders expressed their deep appreciation for the invitations.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs