Vietnam’s Governmental Committee for
Religious Affairs and Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs signed a
cooperation agreement in Hanoi on Dec. 7.
According to Nguyen Thanh Xuan, Vice Chairman of the Committee for
Religious Affairs, religions have developed in Vietnam in tandem with
the nation’s history, culture and struggle for liberation.
Buddhism is the largest organised religion in Vietnam which has
developed over 2,000 years with more than 10 million followers and
45,000 monks and nuns practising at 15,500 pagodas, four Buddhist
institutes and more than 30 Buddhist schools nationwide.
Vietnam also has other religions such as Catholicism, Protestantism, Brahmanism, Baha’i, Caodaism, Hoa Hao Buddism.
Xuan said the Vietnamese government follows a policy of respecting
citizens’ religious freedom and the equality among religions, supports
religious activities to serve the nation and protests any acts under
the mask of religious practice to serve political and individual
Myanmar ’s Minister of Religious Affairs Thura Myint Maung said the
cooperation would help increase the mutual understanding between the
He said Myanmar is home to various religions, of them Buddhism is
outstanding with 80,000 pagodas and other famous Buddhist sites.
Myanmar protects the rights of its citizens to practice their religions
under its Constitution and laws.
The two officials expressed their belief that the two countries’
exchange of experiences in implementing policies on religion,
especially the cooperation agreement, would contribute to the
development of their diplomatic ties./.