Special envoy of the Indonesian President and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M Fachir has visited Myanmar in an effort to boost bilateral ties within the framework of South-South cooperation.

At a meeting with Union Minister at the Presidential Office U Hla Tun in the Myanmar capital city of Nay Pyi Taw last week, Fachir highlighted the vital role that Myanmar will play in the upcoming 60 th anniversary celebration of the Asia-Africa Conference (AAC) in Bandung, Indonesia. Myanmar was one of the founding members of the AAC, which was held for the first time in 1955.

The Indonesian envoy also expressed hope that Myanmar enterprises will take part in the event and make recommendations towards the development of South-South cooperation.

Minister U Hla Tun said Myanmar will attend the Asia-Africa Summit as a strong partner contributing to economic development of Asia and Africa continents.

The stop at Myanmar is part of visits by the Indonesian President’s special envoy to several Asian and African countries to convey President Joko Widodo’s invitation to the commemoration of the 60 th anniversary of the AAC and the 10 th New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) in Jakarta and Bandung between April 22 and 24.

The spirit of the AAC is to foster relations between the countries towards world peace and mutual prosperity.

The first Asia-Africa Conference was a meeting of 29 Asian and African states on April 18-24, 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia.

The event was organised by Indonesia, Burma (now Myanmar), Pakistan, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and India.

It was intended to promote Asian-African economic and cultural cooperation and to oppose colonialism, leading to the establishment of Non-Aligned Movement.-VNA