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(LEAD) In letters, S. Korean, Myanmar leaders agree to deepen bilateral ties

All News 18:52 May 20, 2020

(ATTN: ADDS details on letter exchanges between the countries' ministers in last 3 paras)

SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and Myanmar have agreed to continue close cooperation between their countries marking the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.

President Moon Jae-in exchanged congratulatory letters with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

They noted that the two countries have developed close cooperative ties in various fields, including economy, society and culture, since May 16, 1975 when they began formal diplomatic ties, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Their relationship has become closer than at any other time through two rounds of bilateral summit talks last year, the leaders added.

They agreed to further deepen bilateral relations on the basis of mutual trust and friendship.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha also exchanged letters with Myanmar's Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, her office said.

In the letter, Kang said the two countries should continue to support and cooperate as strong partners for each other based on trust and friendship.

She also expressed confidence that South Korea and Myanmar can overcome the coronavirus crisis together through close cooperation bilaterally as well as multilaterally with other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) partners in the region.

This file photo shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) talking with Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's state counsellor, in Naypyitaw on Sept. 3, 2019. (Yonhap)


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