Friday, October 5, 2012

Burma inks diplomatic ties with Latvia, Estonia

Friday, 05 October 2012 14:52 Mizzima News

Burma has established ambassadorial diplomatic ties with Latvia and Estonia, the state-run newspaper said on Thursday. Latvia and Estonia are the fourth and fifth countries that Burma has linked up with in 2012 after Malawi, Bhutan and Luxembourg.

Joint communiques were signed between by Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and his Latvian and Estonian counterparts in New York on Sept. 26.

Burma now has official ties to 109 countries since it regained independence in 1948.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Burma has 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 embassies in Burma. China and India have respectively set up consulates-general in  Mandalay, the second largest city, with Switzerland in Rangoon and Bangladesh in Sittway.

Latvia, located in the Baltic region of northern Europe has a population of about 2 million people. It is one of the least densely populated countries of the European Union, and it is a member of the United Nations.

After economic stagnation in the early 1990s, Latvia posted  Europe’s leading GDP growth figures during 1998–2006, and was one of the fastest growing economies of the EU in 2011. The UN lists Latvia as a country with a "very high" Human Development Index.

Estonia, with a population of 1.29 million, has the highest gross domestic product per person among the former Soviet republics. It is listed as a "high-income economy" by the World Bank, is identified as an "advanced economy" by the International Monetary Fund, and is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The United Nations classifies Estonia as having high measures of press freedom, economic freedom, political freedom and education.

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