Oct 4, 2012

Myanmar establishes diplomatic ties with Latvia, Estonia

Myanmar has established diplomatic ties with two more countries at ambassadorial level -- Latvia and Estonia, according to official sources Thursday.

Latvia and Estonia are the fourth and fifth countries that Myanmar forged such links so far in 2012 after Malawi, Bhutan and Luxembourg.

Joint communiques on the establishments were respectively signed between Myanmar's Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and his Latvian and Estonian counterparts in New York on Sept. 26.

The diplomatic establishment with Latvia and Estonia has brought the total number of countries with which Myanmar has built such ties to 109 since it regained independence in 1948.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Myanmar has so far set up embassies in 30 countries and two permanent missions in New York and Geneva, and four consulates-general in China's Hong Kong, Kunming and Nanning and India's Calcutta, respectively.

Meanwhile, 28 countries have their embassies in Myanmar. China and India have respectively set up consulates-general in Myanmar's Mandalay, the second largest city, while Switzerland in Yangon and Bangladesh in Sittway.

Source: Xinhua