General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong shakes hands with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in their meeting in Hanoi on April 20. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong reiterated Vietnam's consistent policy that attaches importance to strengthening and expanding the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Myanmar.

The Party leader made the remarks at a reception in Hanoi on April 20 for Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

He spoke highly of the development of Vietnam-Myanmar relations in recent years and expressed his hope that the State Counsellor’s visit will mark a milestone, contributing to the enhancement of friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

The Party chief welcomed the results of the earlier talks between State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and suggested the two sides foster cooperation in all areas, particularly trade, investment and cultural exchange as well as within ASEAN and regional and international forums for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world as well.

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Aung San Suu Kyi, for her part, said she was delighted to pay her first-ever official visit to Vietnam and to witness the country’s great socio-economic development under the leadership of the CPV.

The State Counsellor highlighted similarities between the two nations and affirmed that Myanmar will closely work with Vietnam in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region and in building a united and strong ASEAN Community.

She stressed that Myanmar wants to boost comprehensive cooperative relations with Vietnam in the time ahead, through Party, government and people channels, especially the exchange of high-level visits.

This is the first official visit to Vietnam by Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also Myanmar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the President’s Office, aiming to strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Her visit takes place in a context of increased political trust and cooperation between the two nations.

Vietnam and Myanmar set up diplomatic ties on May 28, 1975. The two countries elevated their ties to the level of comprehensive cooperative partnership during a State visit to Myanmar by General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in August 2017.-VNA