Vietnam PM visits Myanmar, attends Greater Mekong Subregion Summit

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Myanmar on Monday morning for his first visit to the country and for the fourth Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS-4) Summit from December 19-20, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit was made at the invitation of Myanmar's President Thein Sein.

Dung met with Prime Minister of Mandalay District, Ye Myint, and expressed his joy to visit Mandalay -- the cultural and tourism hub of Myanmar.

Dung emphasized that Vietnam treasures the fine traditional friendship, which has been challenged in the past decades, between the two countries.

He thanked the government and people of Myanmar for their precious support of Vietnam during the fight for national independence and the process of national reconstruction and development.

He highly praised positive cooperation between the two countries, highlighting the fact that more Vietnamese companies have come to Myanmar to do business.

Dung expressed his wish that Mandalay authorities create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to invest in agricultural, industrial and mining projects in the Mandalay region.

Ye Myint hailed Vietnam-Myanmar's recent cooperation in the areas of aviation and tourism, and pledged that Mandalay authorities will create favorable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in tourism, agriculture, industry and mining.

On December 20, Dung will attend the GMS-4, which will adopt a "New Decade GMS Strategic Framework (2012-22)" to chart development over the next 10 years and foster sub-regional co-operation.

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