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Diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Myanmar approved

Parliamentary approval on March 10. Myanmar opens to relations with other six countries. The Vatican proposal was issued on February 8, 2017.  Cardinal Charles Bo, the Nuncio Msgr. Paul Tsang in-Nam and Fr. Maurice Nyunt Wai protagonists of the historic agreement.

Yangon (AsiaNews) - The Parliament of the Republic of Myanmar unanimously approved the Vatican proposal to establish diplomatic relations at its meeting on March 10. The approval news was broadcast on state television on March 10 and was published on March 11 by the Mirror, the official government news organ.

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

The Vatican proposal was made on February 8, 2017 to State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, by Archbishop Paul Tsang in-Nam, Vatican nuncio to Thailand and Apostolic Delegate to Myanmar. Under the guidance of Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon and Myanmar's first cardinal, Msgr. Tsang in-Nam officially met with Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar. The apostolic delegate’s meeting with the Lady was also attended by Card. Bo, tied to the prime minister by a deep friendship, and Fr. Maurice Nyunt Wai, executive secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Myanmar.

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