Myanmar - Diplomatic Relations with the Vatican

14 March 2017

(ANS - Yangon) - At a meeting on 10 March, the Parliament of the Republic of Myanmar approved unanimously the Vatican proposal to establish diplomatic relations. The Vatican proposal was issued on 8 February 2017.  Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, is among the architects of the historic agreement.

In a statement on 24 February, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Tin revealed that the new government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) would begin diplomatic relations with seven countries, once Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the national assembly, gave its assent. The seven countries with which the Republic of Myanmar will now have new relations are the Vatican City, Guinea, Malta, Ecuador, Seychelles, Liberia and the Marshall Islands.

The Vatican proposal was presented on 8 February 2017 by Archbishop Tsang in-Nam, Nuncio and Apostolic Delegate in the country, to the Councillor of State and Foreign Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. With the help of Cardinal Bo, who has a bond of deep friendship with the Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Tsang in-Nam and Fr Wai, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Myanmar, could officially meet with were able to meet Aung San Suu Kyi officially at her residence in Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar.

Source: AsiaNews


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