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Myanmar, New Zealand to promote bilateral ties, cooperation

(Xinhua)

11:07, March 07, 2012

YANGON, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and New Zealand have vowed to promote bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries after a new civilian government was set up in March 2011, official media reported Wednesday.

Views on the move were exchanged between Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and his visiting New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, reported the New Light of Myanmar.

McCully, who is currently on his first visit to Myanmar since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and New Zealand in November 1954, also met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein Tuesday.

McCully also met with U Shwe Mann, speaker of the parliamentary House of Representatives. The pair discussed further strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries in their meeting.

McCully is due to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy, later on Wednesday.

According to earlier report, as part of the two countries' bilateral cooperation, the New Zealand Trades Enterprise Limited ( NZTE) has been providing technical assistance to Myanmar business enterprises since 2010 to help develop some sectors of the country such as milk and dairy products production, construction of modernized milch cow breeding farms and motor cars production.

Besides, the NZTE joined a Myanmar Nwe Win private company in investing in building an artificial beach in the country's northernmost Kachin state. The project also involves investment from Japan, Australia and China.

The project, located near the bank of Ayeyawaddy river, stands a short distance to the Lido highway connecting India, Myanmar and China.

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