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
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
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.