NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The relationship between the Philippines and Myanmar has strengthened further following the exchange of high-level visits between the two nations, Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua said.
"The bilateral relations between the Philippines and Myanmar have strengthened by the exchange of visits between our Heads of State/Government," Ambassador Chua said during an interview with PBS-RTVM here.
President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the Philippine delegation in the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit slated from May 10 to 11 here in Nay Pyi Taw.
President Aquino and President U Thein Sein had their first bilateral talks in June 2013 when PNoy attended the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia hosted by Myanmar.
In December last year, President Thein Sein visited the Philippines upon the invitation of President Aquino. The state visit was the Myanmar leader's first visit to Manila since his assumption to office in 2011.
Ambassador Chua said Thein Sein's visit resulted to the signing of agreements on trade and investment, food security and agriculture, renewable energy, information cooperation and visa exemption for ordinary passport holders.
The ambassador said the exchange of visits between the leaders of the Philippines and Myanmar "raised the bilateral relations to a higher level."
"It is worth noting that the exchange of high-level visits has fast-tracked air talks between the Philippines and Myanmar," Chua said during the interview with PBS-RTVM.
Ambassador Chua further said that the Philippine and Myanmar aviation officials are scheduled to discuss on May 19 to 20 in Yangon the air services agreement between the two countries.
The Philippines and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1956.