Pres­i­dent to visit Viet­nam

The Myanmar Times - - News - SHOON NAING shoonnaing@mm­

PRES­I­DENT U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin are set to make an of­fi­cial state visit to Viet­nam at the in­vi­ta­tion of Viet­namese Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice, U Htin Kyaw will at­tend a num­ber of meet­ings with re­gional part­ners while in Viet­nam.

“In con­junc­tion with the state visit, the pres­i­dent will also at­tend the 8th CLMV Sum­mit, the 7th ACMECS Sum­mit and the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum on the Mekong Re­gion to be held in Hanoi,” the state­ment read.

These three in­ter­na­tional meet­ings started yes­ter­day in Hanoi. Viet­namese state me­dia re­ported that U Htin Kyaw’s visit will run from Oc­to­ber 26 to 28. The Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice could not be reached for con­fir­ma­tion or com­ment on the trip yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to The Hanoi Times, on Oc­to­ber 23 Viet­namese Prime Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Phuc in­spected the prepa­ra­tions at the Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of the three re­gional sum­mits.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst U Yan Myo Thein said that Myan­mar should ob­serve and learn from Viet­nam re­gard­ing its bal­anc­ing of re­la­tion­ship with both the US and China.

“Al­though Viet­nam is a com­mu­nist coun­try, it can main­tain its re­la­tion­ship with the US while at the same time be­ing able to pur­sue its na­tional in­ter­ests through its re­la­tion­ship with China,” he said.

This will mark the first time that U Htin Kyaw has vis­ited Viet­nam since as­sum­ing of­fice in April.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, Viet­nam has in­vested US$693 mil­lion in Myan­n­mar, mak­ing it the 10thlargest for­eign di­rect in­vestor.

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