Vietnam congratulates new Myanmar leadership

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Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Saturday sent a joint message of congratulations to Myanmar's newly-elected President Thein Sein.

A government report cited the Vietnamese leaders as saying that they believe Myanmar, under the leadership of President Thein Sein, will "attain greater achievements in the national construction and development, actively contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world."

The report said Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has also sent a congratulatory message to the new Vice President of Myanmar, Tin Aung Myint Oo, on Saturday. 

Former Prime Minister Thein Sein, a general who retired from the army in April last year, was chosen on Friday to become the president of Myanmar, AFP reported.

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