The UAE and Myanmar (Burma) establish diplomatic relations
The diplomats discussed bilateral relations and opportunities for cooperation at the UN.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Republic of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have signed a joint agreement to establish diplomatic relations.
Today Ambassador Nusseibeh & Ambassador Tun signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the #UAE 🇦🇪 & #Myanmar 🇲🇲. We look forward to working together & advancing our common interests at the @UN. pic.twitter.com/bFiI6mvt4K
— UAE Mission to the UN (@UAEMissionToUN) November 9, 2020
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the agreement was signed by the UAE’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York City, Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, and her Burmese counterpart, Kyaw Moi Tun.
The joint agreement stressed the common interests between the two states while calling for mutual understanding and strengthening of friendship and cooperation across economic, social, and political levels.
During the signing, Nusseibeh expressed that the UAE was “looking forward to developing ties with Myanmar based on shared interests and concerns,” adding that her nation was “keen to collaborate with Myanmar to unlock future cooperations in serving the aspirations of the region’s countries and peoples.
The diplomats discussed bilateral relations and opportunities for cooperation at the UN. They also discussed the “situation of the Rohingya Muslims and the need for open communication channels.”
The latter was declared a priority for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which the UAE currently chairs.
The UAE has been sending medical aid to Myanmar to support the country in the battle against the novel coronavirus.
A vicious crackdown by the Burmese military in 2017 forced around 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their motherland for safe refuge in Bangladesh.
More than a million Rohingya now live in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in the neighboring state.
UN investigators have accused the Burmese army of “genocidal intent” and a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” in their campaign against the Rohingya Muslims.
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