CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 March 2017

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Diplomatic link between Vatican and Myanmar

NAYPYIDAW (SE): The parliament of the Union of Myanmar in Myanmar approved a proposal to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See during a session on March 10.

The vote confirmed a government decision to formally set up full diplomatic relations with the Holy See. To date, Myanmar has maintained some relationship through an apostolic delegate based in Bangkok.

In a statement on February 24, U Kyaw Tin announced that in an effort to drag Myanmar out of the international political wilderness, it would ask the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (parliament) to approve diplomatic relations with seven states.

Apart from the Holy See, formal relations will be set up with Guinea, Malta, Ecuador, the Seychelles, Liberia and the Marshall Islands.

Archbishop Paul Tsang in-Nam, the apostolic delegate to Myanmar, had made a proposal last month for the establishment of diplomatic relations. He and Charles Cardinal Bo, from Yangon, met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s chief executive, to advance the proposal.

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